As was Frank Lloyd Wright, Frank Gehry is synonymous with breaking new ground with bold cutting edge designs. Refreshingly original, Gehry's work is a highly refined, sophisticated and adventurous that emphasizes the art of architecture. He once stated, "I am obsessed with architecture. It is true, I am restless, trying to find myself as an architect, and how best to contribute in this world filled with contradiction, disparity, and inequality, even passion and opportunity. It is a world in which our values and priorities are constantly being challenged. It is simplistic to expect a single right answer. Architecture is a small piece of this human equation, but for those of us who practice it, we believe in its potential to make a difference, to enlighten and to enrich the human experience, to penetrate the barriers of misunderstanding and provide a beautiful context for life's drama."
With that design philosophy and a richly varied body of work, it is not surprising that Frank Gehry has been named an ‘international architectural superstar.’ His work explores how form follows function in unexpected ways. From complex exteriors, that reflect the diversity of the activities that take place inside, to interiors that illustrate how the architecture interacts with people and objects—Gehry’s designs challenge convention, yet brilliantly meet the needs of society and architecture in the twenty-first century. With his unorthodox designs that have railed against the norm—twisting metal into unbelievable shapes that defy logic and blast away the mundane, one is simply left curiously thinking… ‘how is that possible?’
As a Canadian-born architect and artist, Gehry is widely recognized as inspiring a new direction in modern architecture. Raised in Toronto, Canada, Gehry moved with his family to Los Angeles in 1947. He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Southern California in 1954, and he studied City Planning at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
He has built an architectural career that has spanned four decades and produced public and private buildings in America, Europe and Asia. His best known works include the titanium-covered Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain; Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles; Dancing House in Prague, Czech Republic; the DZ Bank Building, a mixed-use building adjacent to the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany; Der Neue Zollhof, an office complex in Düsseldorf, Germany; the Experience Music Project in Seattle, Washington; the Bard College Performing Arts Center in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York; and the Jay Pritzker Pavilion and BP Bridge in Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois—just to name a few.
Here in LA, we have the Disney Hall, with its soaring, steel surfaces and breathtaking mix of beauty, grace and optimism. It is one of the most ambitious projects in the city's history. Completed in 2003, the Hall reflects the sun with its shiny metallic siding and is the envy of orchestras around the world for its acoustical integrity it gave to L.A.—the kind of cultural credibility that had eluded it for years. It has also become the focal point of a nearly $2 billion downtown renaissance.