Starchitects Frank Gehry, Louis Sullivan & Frank Lloyd Wright

1. Frank Gehry 1929
Frank Gehry is a Canadian American architect based in Los Angeles, America. He is widely known for his buildings designed on contemporary architecture of modern movement including Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain; Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles; Museum of Pop Culture, Seattle and others. He won the Pritzker Prize for Architecture in 1989.
Frank Gehry
Early Life & Education
Frank Owen Goldberg was born on 28th February in 1929 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His father was Irving Goldberg and mother was Sadie Thelma. When Frank Gehry was a child, he built little buildings and cities with wooden pieces with his grandmother.

He moved to America with his family in 1947 and lived in California. Initially, he worked as a driver of a delivery vehicle. He enrolled at Los Angeles City College and later studied at the School of Architecture of University of Southern California and graduated in 1954.

He served in US Army briefly after finishing his college. He started studying urban planning from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge. He did not complete his studies there and left the course displeased.

Career & Projects
Frank Gehry went back to Los Angeles and joined the office of Austrian architect Victor David Gruen. During 1961, he travelled to Paris and joined the architect Andre Remondet. During 1962, he established his own architectural studio in Los Angeles that became known as Frank Gehry and Associates in year 1967. Later in 2001, Gehry Partners came into being.

Frank Gehry was involved in many residential, commercial and mixed use architecture. He designed his own house in Santa Monica, California. He also designed the commercial plaza Santa Monica Place in 1980 and residential project Norton House, Venice, California in 1984.

Frank Gehry used exposed plywood, chain link fence and corrugated steel in his various projects. Frank Gehry architecture achievements are Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain; Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles; Museum of Pop Culture, Seattle; Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris, France; Vontz Center for Molecular Studies at the University of Cincinnati; MIT Ray and Maria Stata Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts; New World Center, Miami Beach; 8 Spruce Street, New York; Cinematheque Francaise, Paris; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; MARTa Herford museum, Germany; Vitra Design Museum, Germany; Dancing House, Prague; Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota and others. He also designed Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial in Washington D.C.
architect Frank Gehry
His other projects are Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, San Pedro; Binoculars Building or Chiat/Day Building, Venice, Los Angeles; California Aerospace Museum in the California Museum of Science and Industry, Los Angeles.

Frank Gehry was the winner of the Pritzker Prize for Architecture in 1989.

2. Louis Sullivan 1856 – 1924
Louis Sullivan was a leading American architect. He is widely known as the founder of modernism and is referred to as the ‘father of skyscrapers’. He was a prominent architect of the architectural style of Chicago School that emerged during the early 20th century and characterized by the original technologies of using steel framing in construction. Louis Sullivan was the mentor of the famed American architect Frank Lloyd Wright and had been a great influence to many architects pioneering the Prairie School of architectural style.

Louis Henry Sullivan was among “the recognized trinity of American architecture” along with Henry Hobson Richardson and Frank Lloyd Wright.

The famous saying in architecture, “form follows function”, was coined by Louis Henry Sullivan.

Early Life & Education
Louis Henry Sullivan was born on 3rd September, 1856 in Boston, Massachusetts, US. His father was Patrick Sullivan and mother Andrienne List. When he was 16 years old, Louis Sullivan entered the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied architecture for a year. He then moved to the city of Philadelphia and joined with studio of American architect Frank Heyling Furness. Majority of architect Frank Heyling Furness’s projects halted due to the economic recession Long Depression of 1873 and Sullivan was let go.

Career & Projects
Louis Sullivan went to Chicago during 1873 and played a significant role in the building construction after the 1871 Great Chicago Fire. He joined the architect William LeBaron Jenney, known for his first structure in steel frame. Louis Sullivan worked with him for few months and went to Paris to study at the Ecole des Beaux Arts (Beaux Arts architecture school) for one year. He came back to Chicago and joined the practice of Joseph S. Johnston & John Edelman to serve as a draughtsman. Louis Sullivan designed the fresco secco for the interiors of the tabernacle using stencils on dry plaster.

Louis Sullivan joined the architect Dankmar Adler in 1879 and came in partnership in his company in 1880. The new architectural firm Adler & Sullivan worked on several projects such as the Auditorium Building, Chicago finished in year 1889. The building consisted of a theatre with a capacity of 4200 seats; offices; hotel and retail.

Louis Sullivan Buildings also include Wainwright Building, St. Louis, Missouri; Schiller Theatre Building for German Opera Company, Chicago; Sullivan Center (Carson, Pirie, Scott and Company Building), Chicago; Guaranty Building (Prudential Building); Chicago Stock Exchange Building and others.

Louis Sullivan was honored with the American Institute of Architects – AIA Gold Medal received in 1944 after his death.

He died on 14th April, 1924.

3. Frank Lloyd Wright (1867 – 1959)
Frank Lloyd Wright was an American architect and designer. He was an educator as well as an author. He is widely known for his Falling Water house, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Taliesin, Taliesin West and numerous other architectural projects. He won RIBA Gold Medal and American Institute of Architects – AIA Gold Medal.

Early Life & Education
Frank Lloyd Wright was born on 8th June, 1867 in Richland Center, Wisconsin, America. His father was William Cary Wright who was a musician, composer and orator. His mother was Anna Lloyd Jones. Frank Lloyd Wright initially studied at Madison High School. During 1886, he entered the University of Wisconsin to study the subject of civil engineering but he did not complete his degree.

Career & Projects
Frank Lloyd Wright joined the office of American architect Joseph Lyman Silsbee as a draughtsman, in 1887 in Chicago and worked on All Souls Church, Chicago for Jenkin Lloyd Jones, his uncle and Hillside Home School, Spring Green. He met architects George Grant Elmslie, George W. Maher and Cecil Corwin there. He also worked with the studio Beers, Clay and Dutton.

In year 1888, he joined the studio Adler & Sullivan where he worked with American architect Louis Henry Sullivan. Frank Lloyd Wright established his own architectural practice in Chicago in year 1893. During 1898, he opened a design studio in his residence in Oak Park, Illinois.
FL Wright
Frank Lloyd Wright focused on designing architecture for humanity in harmony with the surroundings. He emphasized on the concept of organic architecture, the design approach that propagates harmony among human dwellings, environment and nature. Frank Lloyd Wright designed the well-known residence Falling water in 1935 based on organic architecture. He was largely involved in the movements of architecture during 20th century inspiring designers and architects around the world. He influenced the architecture of American houses and created beautiful architecture. 

He was the founder of the Prairie School architectural style that emerged during 19th and 20th century in US. Prairie School architectural movement was characterized by horizontal straight lines, horizontal windows, flat roofing or hipped roofing, vast cantilevered eaves, solid masses in harmony with nature and landscape. He pioneered his vision of Usonian house (Usonia refers to the United States) in the urban development of Broadacre City. Frank Lloyd Wright designs several museums, hotels, skyscrapers, schools, offices, churches and numerous commercial buildings as well as interior products and furniture.

He is the author of numerous writings and books. In year 1991, American Institute of Architects awarded Frank Lloyd Wright with the title ‘the greatest American architect of all time’.

Frank Lloyd Wright died on 9th April, 1959 in Phoenix, Arizona, America at the age of 91 years.