Raised in Toronto, Canada, Frank Gehry moved with his family to Los Angeles in 1947. Mr. Gehry received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Southern California in 1954, and he studied City Planning at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. In subsequent years, Mr. Gehry has built an architectural career that has spanned over five decades and produced public and private buildings in America, Europe and Asia. His work has earned Mr. Gehry several of the most significant awards in the architectural field, including the Pritzker Prize. _
A few of Mr. Gehry’s notable projects include Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain; Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, CA; Eight Spruce Street Residential Tower located in New York City; and Opus Hong Kong Residential. Current projects include Guggenheim Abu Dhabi; Foundation Louis Vuitton Museum in Paris, France; Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building for the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia; and West Campus for Facebook in Menlo Park, CA. _
Mr. Gehry’s adopted school is Hoopa Valley Elementary School in Hoopa, CA. He has worked with students on design projects, and encouraged them to learn creatively, express themselves and take ownership in their work. The financial support of Mr. Gehry played a pivotal role in initiating Turnaround Arts: California.
“Every child should have access to art and creativity in school. No matter what career path they choose this creative play sets them up to trust their instincts, believe in themselves, and to solve problems. I was afforded this as a child, and it changed my life”