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born in 1929 Toronto, Canada

. completed his architectural education at the University of Southern California in 1954.
. after graduation, had a one-year stint in the U.S. Army, Special Services Division.
. in 1956, spent a year studying city planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, in Cambridge, Massachusetts but returned to Los Angeles without completing a graduate degree.
. shortly after working for Victor Gruen, moved to Paris with his wife and two children and spent a year working in French architect Andre Remondet's office, studying firsthand the work of Le Corbusier.
. returned to Los Angeles in 1962 and established his own firm, Gehry Associates (now known as Gehry Partners, LLP.)
. for a few years, continued to work in the established International Style, initiated by Le Corbusier and the Bauhaus, however was also strongly drawn to the avant-garde art scene.
. first received national attention with the line of furniture, called Easy Edges, built from industrial corrugated cardboard.
. in 1974, was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
. by the mid '80s, attracted international attention and was commissioned to build the Vitra furniture factory in Basel, Switzerland, as well as the Vitra Design Museum in Weil-am-Rhein, Germany.
. in 1982 and 1989, held the Charlotte Davenport Professorship in Architecture at the Yale University.
. in 1984, held the Eliot Noyes Chair at Harvard University.
. in 1989, received the Pritzker Prize, the world's most prestigious architecture award.
. in 1989, completed his design for the proposed Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles.
. in 1990, completed the design of The Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota, which was to be Gehry's first monumental work in his own country.
. in 1997, completed the design of the new Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, which is his most spectacular design to date.
. over the years, designed a number of products outside the field of architecture, including the Wyborovka Vodka bottle, a wristwatch for Fossil, jewellery for Tiffany & Co. and the World Cup of Hockey trophy.
. in 2006, became the subject of a feature-length documentary film, Sketches of Frank Gehry, by director Sydney Pollack.
. presently serves on the steering committee of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.
. is a Distinguished Professor of Architecture at Columbia University and teaches at the Yale School of Architecture.
. has received honorary doctoral degrees from the California College of Arts and Crafts, the Technical University of Nova Scotia, the Rhode Island School of Design, the California Institute of the Arts and the Otis Art Institute at the Parsons School of Design.

 

Awards:

The Pritzker Prize, 1989
National Medal of Arts, 1998
Woodrow Wilson Award, 2004
Was inducted into California Hall of Fame located at the California Museum for History, Women and the Arts by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver, 2006

 

Famous Works:

Easy Edge furniture series, 1972, for Vitra
Bubbles Chaise, 1979, for Vitra
Gehry Residence, 1978, in Santa Monica
Air and Space exhibit building, California Museum of Science and Industry, 1982-1984, in Los Angeles, California
Snake Lamp, 1983, for New City Editions
Vitra Design Museum, 1989, in Weil-am-Rhein, Germany
Cross Check Chair, 1990, for Knoll Inc.
Power Play Armchair, 1991, for Knoll, Inc.
Frederick Weisman Museum of Art, 1993, in University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Festival Disney (currently Disney Village), 1992, in Disneyland, Paris
Fred and Ginger (currently Dancing House), 1995, in Prague, Czech Republic
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, 1997, in Bilbao, Spain
FOG Chair, 1999, for Knoll Inc.
Gehry Tower, 2001, Hanover, Germany
Walt Disney Concert Hall, 2003, in Los Angeles, California
 

Website(s):
- www.gehrypartners.com

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