(Canadian/American, b.1929) is a famed architect who is best known for his use of inexpensive material and unfinished style. He was born Frank Owen Goldberg on February 28, 1929. Gehry's creativity was encouraged by his grandmother, who would sit with him and use supplies from his grandfather's hardware store to build cities on the living room floor. His parents, Irwin and Thelma Goldberg, were art lovers. His father taught him how to draw, and his mother introduced him to the world of art.
In 1947, Gehry moved to Los Angeles, CA, where he drove a delivery truck while attending classes at Los Angeles City College. He went on to study at the University of Southern California's School of Architecture. In 1954, he graduated at the top of his class, with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. After graduation, he worked for Victor Gruen Associates, a notable Los Angeles architecture firm. In 1956, he moved to Cambridge and studied city planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Design; he left and returned to Los Angeles before completing the program. He worked briefly for Pereira and Luckman, but then went back to work at Victor Gruen Associates. In the early 1960s, Gehry moved to Paris, where he worked for the French architect, Andre Remondet (French, 1908–1998). During this time, he also studied the work of Le Corbusier
(Swiss/French, 1887–1965), an architect famous for being one of the first pioneers of modern architecture. He returned to Los Angeles in 1962, where he established his own firm-Gehry Associates.
Gehry's career took off when he redesigned his private residence in Santa Monica, CA. He converted the home into a showcase using random material, such as chain link fencing, unfinished plywood, and corrugated aluminum. Since then, Gehry has designed numerous buildings all over the world. Some of his best-known work includes the Guggenheim Museum
in Bilbao, Spain, the Walt Disney Concert Hall
in Los Angeles, CA, and 8 Spruce Street
in New York, NY. Gehry lives and works in Santa Monica, CA.