Frank Gehry

Designer Dossier

Designer: Frank Gehry, born 1929 (age 83)
From: Toronto, Canada. He moved to Los Angeles as a teenager and later became a US citizen.

Frank Gehry has a habit of scribbling his design ideas on scraps of paper, office whiteboards and even his phone. They're loose, untidy doodles, far from the linear, ordered plan you might expect from an architect. And yet, when his curvy, chaotic structures materialize, they resemble that scribble more closely than what seems physically (and structurally) possible.

Facts:
•Pritzker Prize for Architecture, 1989 Laureate
• Has designed products outside architecture : the Wyborovka Vodka bottle, a wristwatch for Fossil, jewelry for Tiffany & Co., and the World Cup of Hockey trophy.
•First garnered major critical recognition for designing his own Santa Monica house using plywood and other inexpensive materials as dramatic expressive elements.

Quote: Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.

Attended: He took his first architecture class at Los Angeles City College and then attended University of Southern California (graduated 1954).

Known For: Deconstructivism — manipulation of a structure's surface to create controlled chaos.

Representative Pieces Shown Above: (left to right)
1) The Dancing House in Prague, Czech Republic, 1995
2) DZ Bank Building in Berlin, Germany, 2000
3) Venice Beach House, Los Angeles, California, 1986
4) Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain, 1997
5) Richard B. Fischer Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, 2003

Gehry on the web:
Academy of Achievement
Wikipedia
Gehry Partners, LLP
List of Frank Gehry buildings

(Images: 1. Flckr member Christine Zenino, licensed under Creative Commons. 2. Flicr member Erwin Brevis, licensed under Creative Commons. 3.Flicr member IK's World Trip, licensed under Creative Commons. 4.Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao 5.the Fischer Center at Bard College)