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Frank Gehry

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Will Cavanagh

on 23 May 2013

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Transcript of Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry Born February 28, 1929 in Toronto as Frank Owen Goldberg
As a child, enjoyed building little cities out of scraps of wood.
His grandfather owned a hardware store, and he had access to lots of common materials like fencing, plywood, and corrugated steel. Early Life In 1947 (aged 18), he moved to LA
Studied at Los Angeles City College
Worked as a delivery truck driver
Tried many things in college (including radio announcing, chemical engineering)
Didn't feel like he was good at any of them, and eventually decided he wanted to try focusing on art instead, and enrolled in architecture classes.
His Drafting professor told him he had aptitude for the subject
Failed a class in perspective drawing, and took it again the next semester, getting an A
Enrolled at USC 1952 Married Anita Snyder
1954 Graduated at the top of his class with a Bachelor of Architecture degree
1956 Changed his name to Frank O. Gehry 1956 Moved to Cambridge, MA to study city planning at Harvard
Left before finishing his degree, having unpopular political views 1958 The David Cabin
Idyllwild, CA First house built 1971 Gehry Residence
Santa Monica, CA personal residence 1992 Iowa Advanced Technology Labs
Iowa City, Iowa 1984 Norton House
Venice, CA 1989 Vitra Design Museum
Weil am Rhein, Germany 1992 Olympic Fish
Olympic Village, Barcelona 1993 Frederick Weisman Museum of Art
Minneapolis, Minnesota 1995 Dancing House
Prague, Czech Republic 1997 Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Bilbao, Spain 1999 Der Neue Zollhof
Düsseldorf, Germany 2000 DZ Bank Building
Pariser Platz, Berlin 2000 Experience Music Project
Seattle, Washington 2004 Ray and Maria Stata Center
Cambridge, Massachusetts 2003 Walt Disney Concert Hall
Los Angeles, California 2007 BP Pedestrian Bridge
Chicago, Illinois 2006 Marqués de Riscal Vineyard Hotel
Elciego, Spain 2009 Novartis Pharma A.G. Campus
Basel, Switzerland 2011 New York by Gehry at
Eight Spruce Street
New York, New York 2008 Peter B. Lewis Library
Princeton, New Jersey 2007 IAC Building
New York, New York 2002 Weatherhead School of Management
Peter B. Lewis Building
Cleaveland, Ohio Mar. 7 2013 Maggie’s Hong Kong
Hong Kong, China Criticism Buildings create wasted spaces
Don't fit into surroundings, can be jarring
Designs may not adequately take into account the local climate Fish "Three hundred million years before man was fish....if you gotta go back, and you're insecure about going forward...go back three hundred million years ago. Why are you stopping at the Greeks? So I started drawing fish in my sketchbook, and then I started to realize that there was something in it." Norton house was designed and built on a very small budget
His experience in building his own house using cheap and readily available materials allowed him to design for low cost construction
Still maintains a very unique design while using standard materials Budgeting Even in later more complex work, he has maintained a reputation for strictly adhering to clients' budgets, which is unusual in architecture.
The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, built in 1997, was budgeted at approximately $100 million, and built for $89 million. As a comparison, the Sydney Opera House (believed by many to be a comparably innovative design) had a cost overrun of 1,400%. Gehry began using a program called CATIA to assist his designs.
By planning the structures digitally, he is able to better predict building costs, and stay on budget more effectively.
A technology arm of his company, called Gehry Technology has been developing additional software based on CATIA. CATIA 1969-73 Easy Edges Jewelry Collection for Tiffany & Co. Plastic Laminate Lamps by Will Cavanagh by Will Cavanagh 1966 Divorced Anita Snyder
1975 Remarried to Berta Isabel Aguilera, his current wife.
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