Frank Gehry, in conversation with Thomas Pritzker, talks about his long and distinguished career as one of the world's best known modern architects as part of the 2009 Aspen Ideas Festival.
He details the design philosophy behind some of his most famous buildings including the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California.
Frank Gehry is an architect and founder of Gehry Partners, LLP. Gehry has built an architectural career that has spanned five decades and produced public and private buildings in America, Europe, and Asia.
Gehry's work has earned him several of the most significant awards in architecture, including the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture, the Pritzker Prize, the Wolf Prize in Art, the Praemium Imperiale Award, the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Award, the National Medal of Arts, the Friedrich Kiesler Prize, the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal, and the Royal Institute of British Architects Gold Medal.
Notable projects include: the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain; the DZ Bank Building in Berlin; Nationale-Nederlanden Building in Prague; and the Jay Pritzker Pavilion and BP Bridge in Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois.
Thomas J. Pritzker is Chairman and CEO of Global Hyatt Corporation and Marmon Group, Inc. He is also Chairman and CEO of The Pritzker Organization, a family merchant bank.
Pritzker is on the Board of Directors of Royal Caribbean Cruises LTD. and Trans Union, a leading global provider of credit information and tools for credit decision making. He is also a founding member and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bay City Capital, LLC, a merchant bank specializing in life sciences.
Outside of business, Pritzker is Chairman of the Board of the Art Institute of Chicago and a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Chicago. He has also organized the Pritzker Neurospsychiatric Disorders Research Consortium. It is a collaborative effort to do research into genetic basis of psychiatric disorders.
(born Feb. 28, 1929, Toronto, Ont., Can.) Canadian-born U.S architect. He studied at the University of Southern California and Harvard University. In his early buildings, his use of inexpensive materials (chain-link fencing, plywood, corrugated steel) gave many of his projects an unfinished, whimsical air. His structures are often characterized by unconventional or distorted shapes that have a sculptural, fragmented, or collagelike quality. In designing public buildings, he tends to cluster small units within a larger space rather than creating monolithic structures, thus emphasizing human scale. Of particular note is his Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (199197) in Spain, a shimmering pile of sharply twisting, curving shapes surfaced in titanium. Gehry won the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1989.
Have you seen his renovations to the Art Gallery of Ontario?
magnificent! its warm, inviting, authentic to the original internal structures & neighbourhood... facilitates the collections... its simply wonderful!
... & makes the vapid & useless ' Crystal ' renovations to the ROM like a tragic, " Ode to wallboard! let's say it looks like the inside of an iceberg & call it culture! "
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