FRANK
GEHRY

Frank Gehry is by no means an ordinary architect, from the beginning of his process to the finished piece. With each piece, he has shown us how he has transformed architectural design with his fantastical designs. From the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to our own windy city architecture, Gehry never creates architecture that is conventional or simple. According to the Britannica, Gehry was born in Canada in 1929 and studied architecture at the University of Southern California and Harvard University. He was influenced by Modernists Raphael Soriano, Richard Neutra, and Harrell Harris while studying in California. He worked for other architectural firms for a while, and then in 1962, Frank Gehry established his practice in Los Angeles, California.

The partners in Gehry Partners, LLP are: Frank Gehry, John Bowers, Anand Devarajan, Jennifer Ehrman, Berta Gehry, Meaghan Lloyd, David Nam, Tensho Takemori, Laurence Tighe & Craig Webb. Each project that arrives at Gehry Partners is designed by Frank Gehry. The firm’s resources and experience of its partners are available to assist with the design, through the technical development, and construction of a piece. Gehry’s firm uses Digital project, which is an innovative 3D modeling program for the computer that documents the designs and accounts for the bidding, fabrication, and construction processes.

Gehry has created numerous structures in California, Germany, France, Ohio, New York, Italy, and Spain. Each of these structures is unique in its composition, purpose, and style. However, although each of them is different, Gehry’s style and design and present in each architecture he has designed. His fascination with metal and its reflective qualities show in the Guggenheim to the Music Pavilion in Millennium park, and the winding BP bridge. In the Britannica it states that Gehry’s reputation soared in the late 1990s. By that time Gehry’s trademark style had become buildings that resemble undulating free-form sculpture.