Frank Gehry is one of the most famous, recognized and respected architects in the world. He has been responsible for a number of striking buildings and area plans on a number of continents.
Projects such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Fred and Ginger (or ’the dancing building’) in Prague and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, have made Frank Gehry world-famous. Many of Frank Gehry's buildings feature sweeping, organic forms and are works of art in themselves.
However, Frank Gehry sees himself more as an urban planner than an architect, as he stated in a speech at Columbia University in New York in 2005. As an urban planner, he creates buildings which change cities, and he makes plans for whole areas – six or seven a year. For example, he is currently working on a plan for the Atlantic Rail Yards area in Brooklyn, New York.
In addition to buildings and area plans, Frank Gehry has also designed furniture.
Frank Gehry was born in 1929 in Toronto, Canada, where he also spent his childhood. He has lived his adult life in USA. He studied architecture at the University of Southern California, graduating at 25 years of age, and then went on to study urban planning at Harvard University. Frank Gehry founded his first architecture company in Los Angeles in 1962. Los Angeles is also the headquarters for his current company – a partnership formed in 2002.
More information about Frank Gehry can be found using the links below:
Wikipedia entry on Frank Gehry http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_gehry
Arcspace entry on Gehry Partners http://www.arcspace.com/architects/gehry/features.html