awards: 1989 Pritzker Prize, 1999 AIA, AIA, Pritzker Prize
Frank Owen Gehry, CC (born Ephraim Owen Goldberg, February 28, 1929) is a Pritzker Prize-winning architect based in Los Angeles.
His buildings, including his private residence, have become tourist attractions. Many museums, companies, and cities seek Gehry’s services as a badge of distinction, beyond the product he delivers.
His best-known works include the titanium-covered Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles, Experience Music Project in Seattle, Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, Dancing House in Prague, Czech Republic and the MARTa Museum in Herford, Germany. However, it was his private residence in Santa Monica, California, which jump-started his career, lifting it from the status of “paper architecture,” a phenomenon that many famous architects have experienced in their formative decades through experimentation almost exclusively on paper before receiving their first major commission in later years.
Frank Gehry’s list of favorite/significant buildings (post 1980):
- Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium, Beijing, China by Herzog & de Meuron
- CCTV Building, Beijing, China by Rem Koolhaas/ OMA
- Church of Santa Maria, Marco de Canavezes, Portugal by Alvaro Siza Vieira
- Cartier Foundation, Paris, France by Jean Nouvel
- MAXXI, Rome, Italy by Zaha Hadid