Frank Gehry

Frank GehryFrank Gehry is a notable and distinguished Pritzker Prize winning Canadian-American architect. He is known for his modern and uniquely innovative buildings that have become popular tourist attractions. His architectural creations and designs are quite artistic enough to be considered as large scale sculptures instead of just ordinary buildings.

Personal Life

Frank Gehry was born as Ephraim Owen Goldberg on February 28, 1929 in Toronto, Ontario. As a child, Gehry was already considered as very creative. He started creating little cities out of scraps of wood usually with his grandmother Caplan, who continuously encouraged him to explore his creativity.

In 1947, his family immigrated to Los Angeles, California. He first studied at Los Angeles City College while working as a delivery truck driver. He eventually graduated from the University Of Southern California School Of Architecture in 1954.

After graduating, Gehry found work away from the field of architecture which included a stint serving in the United States Army. Along the way, he also took courses on city planning at the Harvard School of Design for a year but was not able to complete it.

In 1952, he married Anita Snyder, who was known to convince Frank to change his name from Ephraim Goldberg to Frank Gehry. They divorced in 1966. Frank then married Berta Isabel Aguilera in 1975 and remains as his current wife. Gehry had two daughters from his first marriage and two sons from his second one.

Architectural Style

In terms of architectural style, Gehry’s works is considered to be a form of deconstructivism although some consider them as post-modernism with his buildings usually veering away from tradition of how structures and forms are being accepted.

Gehry wanted to stay away from the rather cold and somewhat formulaic style that most of the Modernist buildings were known for.

He started experimenting with unique structures that seem to follow little of the standard forms during his day. These experiments later on became what his popular structures have become- buildings with seemingly unique forms of steel coated with titanium that are more like sculptures rather than functional living spaces.

Some of his notable works include the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Dancing House in Prague, Czech Republic as well as his own private residence in Santa Monica in California.

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