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Born: February 28, 1929

Nationality: Canadian

Masterpiece: California Aerospace Museum

"I approach each building as a sculptural object, a spatial container, a space with light and air, a response to context and appropriateness of feeling and spirit. To this container, this sculpture, the user brings his baggage, his program, and interacts with it to accommodate his needs. If he can't do that, I've failed." Frank Gehry


Gehry was born in Toronto, Canada, in 1929. He moved to Los Angeles at an early age and completed his architectural education at the University of Southern California. Frank Gehry subsequently worked for Wdton Becket & Associates (1957-1968) and Victor Gruen (1968-1961) in Los Angeles, as well as for Andre Remondet in Paris (1961). In 1962, the Canadian founded his own firm, and embarked on the design of a large variety of residential, commercial, office, and institutional projects.

Frank Gehry often uses a combination of playful geometries in his projects

Frank Gehry 's most recent institutional buildings, which include the ICS/ERF computer sciences building for the University of California at Irvine (1986) and the Francis Howard Goldwyn Regional Branch Library (1986), continue to pose overscaled elements of entrance, light, and shelter against simple, sculptural masses disposed in a tightly ordered, but often nongeometric, fashion. His designs are experimentation with shapes, materials, and the community of forms created in their careful composition. The skin of the building is undergoing the same kind of intensive research as that which created the complex decomposition and deformation of structure and shape in previous buildings. Collaboration with artists such as Class Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, along with Frank Gehry 's own interests, is also leading to the introduction of large-scale, inhabitable objects (binoculars at the Chiat/Day Building) and fish and snake forms (Fishdance Restaurant, Kobe, Japan (1987)).

Frank Gehry was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize at the Todaiji Buddhist Temple in 1989. The Pritzker Prize serves to honor a living architect whose built work demonstrates a combination of those qualities of talent, vision, and commitment, which has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture.

Notable Work

1978 Gehry Residence, Santa Monica, California

1984 California Aerospace Museum, Los Angeles, California

1995 Dancing House, Prague, Czech Republic

1997 Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain

1999 DZ Bank, Berlin, Germany

2001 Gehry Tower, Hanover, Germany

2003 Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, California

2004 Pritzker Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois

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