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Frank Gehry was born Frank Goldberg in Toronto, Canada in 1929. In 1954, he received his undergraduate degree in architecture from the University of Southern California, and later attended the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he studied city planning. He worked in architectural firms including Victor Gruen Associates and Pereira and Luckman Associates in California and also for a year in the office of Andre Remondet in Paris. He opened his first practice in Santa Monica, California in 1962. In 1979 this practice was succeeded by the firm Gehry & Krueger Inc., and by Gehry Partners, LLP, in 2002.
Gehry’s dramatic and individual style, often referred to as Post-Modern and deconstructed, evolved from domestic and commercial buildings to large institutional structures, functioning between architecture and sculpture. A few highlights of his many works are Venice Beach House, California; Gehry House, Santa Monica, California; Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain; Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles; Fishdance Restaurant, Kobe, Japan; Chiat/Day Office building, Venice, California; Dancing House, Prague; DG Bank Building, Berlin; and the Experience Music Project, Seattle, Washington.
As a teacher, Gehry has held the Charlotte Davenport Professorship in Architecture at Yale University, the Eliot Noyes Chair at Harvard University, and was a visiting scholar at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich, Switzerland. He has been widely recognized and honored, receiving the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture; the Pritzker Architecture Prize; the Praemium Imperiale Award by the Japan Art Association; the National Medal of Arts; and the Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects. He has been named a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Letters; trustee of the American Academy in Rome; a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Academician by the National Academy of Design; Honorary Academician by the Royal Academy of Arts, London; and has been a member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects since 1974.
Frank Gehry lives in Santa Monica and works from his offices in Los Angeles, California.