By: Lauren Manning
Frank Gehry turned 84 years old today. The architect was born on February 28, 1929 in Toronto, Ontario and has become one of the most significant figures in the field of the 20th century. Gehry’s style opposed the norm throughout his life. His series of cardboard furniture designs, called “Easy Edges” between 1969 and 1973 was innovative and new. He is one of the most important deconstructionist architects in history, and his personal home in Santa Monica is a testament to that style. Gehry now designs grandiose, large-scale structures using a combination of manmade material and organic, flowing yet complexly geometric shapes. Among his most famous buildings are the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Experience Music Project in Seattle, and the MIT Ray and Maria Stata Center in Cambridge. Gehry won the Pritzker Prize for Architecture in 1989.