Architect Day: Frank Gehry
- Jan 05, 2010
Frank O. Gehry is a world-renowned architect. His long career has many works from homes to the great museums that have become postcard towns.
Frank Owen Gehry was born in Toronto, Canada, February 28, 1929. He was a creative child who played with wooden sticks building small towns with his grandmother. He spent time drawing with his father, and his mother was the one who introduced him to the world of art.
“So the creative genes were there … But my father thought I was a dreamer, I wasn't gonna amount to anything. It was my mother who thought I was just reticent to do things. She would push me.”
In 1947 he moved to California and attended Los Angeles City College, eventually graduating from the University of Southern California's School of Architecture in 1954. He took a break from the practice of architecture, working in various sectors, but went back to school for one year to study City Planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Design
Gehry worked for the office, Wdton Becket & Associates, for Victor Gruen in Los Angeles, and for Remondet in Paris.
In 1962, he started his own office designing a wide variety of residential, commercial and institutional sites. And it was with his own house that he best gained notoriety for his work.
Frank Gehry receives frequent criticism for his work because its architecture is very controversial and has unusual shapes and movements. But looking at his works, we can notice the trend and direction of his projects, as well as the concepts of his architecture. In purer forms, through the famous icons such as binoculars, to the organic volumes.
In some works, deconstructive provisions are clear, but when released to the organic shapes these features go beyond. Like it or not, the architecture of Frank Gehry is recognized and visited throughout the world, with postcard towns that were forgotten by tourism.
“Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.”
Easy Edges Furniture series
Loyola Law School, California, USA
Edgemar Retail Complex, California, USA
Frances Howard Goldwyn Hollywood Regional Library, California, USA
Chiat/Day Building, California, USA
Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany
Frederick Weisman Museum of Art, Minnesota, USA
Iowa Advanced Technology Laboratories, Iowa, USA
Center for the Visual Arts, Ohio, USA
American Center, Paris, France
Dancing House, Prague, Czech Republic
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain
Der Neue Zollhof, Dusseldorf, Germany
DZ Bank Building, Berlin, Germany
Experience Music Project, Washington, USA
Gehry Tower, Hanover, Germany
Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, New York, USA
Maggie’s Dundee, Dundee, Scotland
Walt Disney Concert Hall, California, USA
Ray and Maria Stata Center, Massachusetts, USA
Jay Pritzker Pavillion, Illinois, USA
MARTa Museum, Herford, Germany
IAC/InterActiveCorp Headquarters, USA
Marqués de Riscal, Elciego, Spain
Art Gallery Of Ontario renovation, Ontario, Canada
Gehry House, California, USA