Frank Gehry is not your average architect. He has a history of creating bold, innovative and often controversial buildings that stand out, such as the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, which transformed the town it was built in but had some Spaniards wanting to lynch him.
Recently, Frank Gehry visited Sydney to unveil the designs for his first Australian project, a new building for the University of Technology in Sydney. Whilst he was in Australia, he sat down to talk with the ABC’s Geraldine Doogue about architecture, the reaction to some of his most iconic buildings, inspiration, negotiating with clients and something that keeps every architect up at night ... budgets.
Gehry also talks about the idea behind his latest commission for UTS, slated for construction in 2012. The building is named after Dr Chau Chak Wing, an Australia-Chinese businessman who has donated over $20 million towards the project.
Geraldine Doogue is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster. She is the presenter of the weekend breakfast radio program Saturday Extra on Radio National. She is also the host of ABC television program Compass.
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.
Architect Frank Gehry explains that the grand scale of his design for the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi fulfills the mission of the United Arab Emirates to build a cultural destination worthy of housing a collection of world art that tells the story of globalization. At 130,000 square feet of exhibition space, Gehry's design will be the world's largest Guggenheim museum.