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FRANK O. GEHRY & ASSOCIATES, INC.
Frank Gehry is Design Principal for the firm of Frank O. Gehry and Associates, Inc., which he established in 1962. Before founding the firm, Frank Gehry worked with architects Victor Gruen and Pereira & Luckman in Los Angeles, and with AndrÇ Remondet in Paris.
Raised in Toronto, Canada, Frank Gehry moved with his family to Los Angeles in 1947. Frank Gehry received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Southern California, and he studied City Planning at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. In subsequent years, he has built an architectural career that has spanned four decades and produced public and private buildings in America, Asia and Europe. In an article published in The New York Times in November, 1989, architecture critic Paul Goldberger wrote that Frank Gehry's "buildings are powerful essays in primae geometric form and... materials, and from an aesthetic standpoint they are among the most profound and brilliant works of architecture of our time." Hallmarks of Frank Gehry's work include a particular concern that people exist comfortably within the spaces that he creates, and an insistence that his buildings address the context and culture of their sites.
His work has earned Frank Gehry several of the most significant awards in the architectural field. In 1977, he was named recipient of the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1989, Frank Gehry was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize, perhaps the premiere accolade of the field, honoring "significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture." In 1992, he received the Wolf Prize in Art (Architecture) from the Wolf Foundation. In the same year, Frank Gehry was named the recipient of the 1992 Praemium Imperiale Award by the Japan Art Association to "honor outstanding contributions to the development, popularization, and progress of the arts." In 1994, Frank Gehry became the first recipient of the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Award for lifetime contribution to the arts. He was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1987, a trustee of the American Academy in Rome in 1989, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1991. In 1994, he was bestowed with the title of Academician by the National Academy of Design. Frank Gehry has received honorary doctoral degrees from Occidental College, Whittier College, the California College of Arts and Crafts, the Technical University of Nova Scotia, the Rhode Island School of Design, the California Institute of Arts, the Southern California Institute of Architecture, and the Otis Art Institute at the Parsons School of Design. In 1982, 1985, and 1987-89, he held the Charlotte Davenport Professorship in Architecture at Yale University. In 1984, he held the Eliot Noyes Chair at Harvard University. He was elected to the College of Fellows of the Ame-rican Institute of Architects (A.I.A.) in 1974, and his buildings have received many national and regional A.I.A. awards.
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