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2018 Design Icon: Frank Gehry

Internationally acclaimed architect Frank Gehry has created a portfolio of iconic buildings across the globe during a career that has spanned decades and disrupted many preconceived definitions of design. As the head of Gehry Partners LLP, a full-service firm with broad international experience in academic, commercial, museum, performance and residential projects, Gehry has redefined architecture in numerous cities all over the world and continues to shape contemporary commercial and residential landscapes.

A Household Name
Architectural Digest describes Frank Gehry as a "household name" and many of the architect's iconic buildings are lauded landmarks, earning him the prestigious Pritzker Prize in 1989. AD presented a retrospective of some of Gehry's work in 2017 and featured key projects including: Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, Calif.; Neuer Zollhof, Dusseldorf, Germany; Chiat/Day Complex, Venice, Calif.; Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany; Olympic Fish Pavilion, Barcelona, Spain; Dancing House, Prague, Czech Republic; Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain; and the Lou Ruvo Center, Las Vegas.

Lou Ruvo Center in Las Vegas
The Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health (LRCBH), officially the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, opened on May 21, 2010. The Ruvo Center is a national resource for research, education, prevention and treatment of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Huntington 's disease and ALS (Lou Gehrig 's disease) and represents a collaboration between Larry Ruvo, who lost his father, Lou, to Alzheimer's, and Gehry, a longtime champion of Huntington's Disease research. Today, the 60,000+-square-foot Ruvo Center includes examination rooms, offices for health care professionals and researchers, a community auditorium and is the headquarters for Keep Memory Alive foundation, the Las Vegas Alzheimer's Association and the Las Vegas Parkinson's Disease Association.

A Champion of Design Innovation
Born in Toronto, Canada, Gehry studied at the University of Southern California and Harvard University. He established his practice in Los Angeles in 1962 and remained in California. Over the course of his career, Gehry became known for his use of unusual shapes, fabrications and building materials, perhaps stemming from his early years of building imaginary homes and cities with found items from his grandfather's hardware store.

In 2001, Gehry formed Gehry Partners, LLP. Today, the firm employs a large number of senior architects who have extensive experience in the technical development of building systems and construction documents and in the management of complex projects. Gehry continues to design each project undertaken by the firm.

Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.

2018 Design Icon Keynote Presentation

Tuesday, January 30
World Market Center Ballroom (16th floor)
3 p.m.

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