Architect's Arena_FRANK GEHRY
                               Pritzker Prize-winning architect...   

Frank Owen Gehry, CC (born Frank Owen Goldberg; February 28, 1929) is a Canadian American Pritzker Prize-winning architect based in Los Angeles, California. His buildings, including his private residence, have become tourist attractions. His works are cited as being among the most important works of contemporary architecture in the 2010 World Architecture Survey, which led Vanity Fair to label him... 

Date of Birth: 28-Feb-1929

Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Profession: Architect, Designer

Nationality: Canada, United States of America

Much of Gehry's work reflects a spirit of experimentation coupled with a respect for the demands of professional practice. Gehry's work has remained largely unaligned with broader stylistic tendencies or movements. With his earliest educational influences rooted in modernism, Gehry's work has sought to escape modernist stylistic tropes while still remaining interested in some of its underlying transformative agendas. Continually working between given circumstances and unanticipated materializations, Gehry's style works to disrupt expectations.

Gehry is sometimes associated with what is known as the "Los Angeles School" or the "Santa Monica School" of architecture. The appropriateness of this designation and the existence of such a school, however, remains controversial due to the lack of a unifying philosophy or theory. This designation stems from the Los Angeles area's producing a group of the most influential postmodern architects, including such notable Gehry contemporaries  as Eric Owen Moss and Pritzker Prize-winner Thom Mayne of Morphosis, as well as the famous schools of architecture at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (co‑founded by Mayne), UCLA, and USC where Gehry is a member of the board of directors.

Gehry's style at times seems unfinished or even crude, but his work is consistent with the California "funk" art movement in the 1960s and early 1970s, which featured the use of inexpensive found objects and non-traditional media such as clay to make serious art. Gehry has been called "the apostle of chain-link fencing and corrugated metal siding".However, a retrospective exhibit at New York's Whitney Museum in 1988 revealed that he is also a sophisticated classical artist, who knows European art history and contemporary sculpture and painting.


  • 1987: Fellow of American Academy of Arts and Letters
  • 1988: Elected into the National Academy of Design
  • 1989: Pritzker Architecture Prize
  • 1992: Praemium Imperiale
  • 1994: The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize
  • 1995: Academy of Achievement's Golden Plate Award
  • 1998: National Medal of Arts
  • 1998: Gold Medal Award, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
  • 1999: AIA Gold Medal
  • 2000: Cooper–Hewitt National Design Award Lifetime Achievement
  • 2002: Companion of the Order of Canada
  • 2004: Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service
  • 2006: Inductee, California Hall of Fame
  • 2007: Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction Technology from the National Building Museum (on behalf of Gehry Partners and Gehry Technologies)
  • 2009: Order of Charlemagne
  • 2012: Twenty-five Year Award, American Institute of Architects
  • 2014: Prince of Asturias Award
  • 2014: Commandeur of the Ordre National de la Légion d'honneur, France
  • 2015: J. Paul Getty Medal


source : By Jim.henderson - Own work, CC0,

The tower at 8 Spruce Street in Lower Manhattan, completed in February 2011, has a stainless steel and glass exterior and is 76 stories high.

 By Jim.henderson - Own work, CC0,
Art Gallery of Ontario at dusk. Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

By Dino Quinzani - originally posted to Flickr as Case danzanti, CC BY-SA 2.0,

Dancing House in Prague

By Absolut Alex - Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0 de, 

At the left, the Port Olímpic de Barcelona, at the center, the high rises Hotel Arts and Torre Mapfre, and at the right, buildings of the Olympic Village.

By jjron - Own work; stitched panorama from seven original images, GFDL 1.2,

The Walt Disney Concert Hall, home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, features an acoustically superior auditorium panelled in hardwood. 

                           SOURCES : WIKIPEDIA

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