Frank Gehry

Designer Profile

Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1929. He studied at the Universities of Southern California and Harvard, before he established his first architecture firm, Frank O. Gehry and Associates in 1963. In 1979 this practice was succeeded by the firm Gehry & Krueger Inc.

Gehry is most noted for his flowing forms and deconstuctive aesthetic. His deconstructed architectural style began to emerge in the late 1970s when Gehry, directed by a personal vision of architecture, created collage-like compositions out of found materials. Instead of creating buildings, Gehry creates pieces of functional sculpture. Gehry's architecture has undergone a marked evolution from plywood and corrugated-metal of his early works to the distorted but pristine concrete of his later works.

In the large-scale public commissions he has received since he converted to a deconstructive aesthetic, Gehry has explored spectacular architecture themes. In these works he melds formal compositions with an exploded aesthetic. Most recently, Gehry has combined sensuous curving forms with complex deconstructive massing, achieving significant new results. His most famous structures include the Vitra Design Museum in Germany, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain, and the Experience Music Project in Seattle.