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Final Thoughts

Frank Gehry

Lesson time 02:54 min

After unpacking his process and sharing what inspires him, Frank explains how the next generation of architects can engage and challenge tradition to create groundbreaking designs.

Frank Gehry
Teaches Design and Architecture
In 17 lessons, Frank teaches his unconventional philosophy on architecture, design, and art.


I have tried as much as possible to be very candid about how I feel about what I'm doing, and how I'm doing it, why I'm doing it. It's just one person's identity and idea, but I was hoping to share with students my life's experiences, and notions, and ideas, and how they played a part in the evolution of my work, and what I continue to do. I hope it's a level of honesty that resonates and allows somebody to relate to because I think we do relate to other people through their honesty, and I hope that I've done the same here. You have to be curious, I've said that so many times. Try to find your own voice. Your own voice is you, and you're the only expert on it, and that's worth pursuing and finding. No, you might not succeed with that because everybody may not like it, but at least it's you. You got to find your place in the profession, and there's a lot of different niches. You can be administrative, you can be design, you can be construction, you can be the business end. You can do a lot of different things, and I trust all those people that I have working with me. Find your way to become part of a group that's creative. Even if you're not designing it, if you're part of it, there's a pride in it. These collaboratives efforts can be just as exciting as being the person doing it. Take your time. Move into it slowly. Learn how you fit in, and where your assets are most valuable, and then build on that. If you look around the world, those people you emulate and think of as successful, that's what all they've done is just followed their instincts, and developed their own personal strengths over time.

About the Instructor

At 19 years old, Frank Gehry was a truck driver taking sculpture classes at night school. His vision for what architecture could accomplish went on to reshape our cities’ skylines and the imaginations of artists and designers around the world. In his online architecture class, this master builder invites you into his never-before-seen model archive for a look into his creative process.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Good insight into how he thinks. Love his philosophy and humbleness.

Can you give Frank Gerry any less than 5 stars? I mean . . .

I thought it was a story about architecture, however Frank Gehry provided a philosophy around life and honoring your own unique path. It was beautiful.

That was a great experience to "talk" to Frank Gehry through this lessons. I think I need some time to review the lessons end to do something, based on this knowledge that Frank gave. Thank you very much.


Sophia S.

Truly inspiring! Frank Gehry has always been on of the architects that I looked up to ever since I was still in college. I was very excited when I saw that he's part of the Master Class. His class did not disappoint. Will definitely watch this one again in the future!

Pat H.

I enjoyed this lesson. I am not in this field, but after this I will look at buildings differently. I will try to discover what the design was trying to achieve. It's like opening a new window on a different creative process. Thank you

Ajay B.

Wonderful to hear about Frank Gehry's life and work in his own words. Thank you!

Giuseppina P.

Absolutely inspiring! Thank you. There are life lessons here that I will treasure, as well as technical brilliance.

A fellow student

Thank you for sharing your up and down stories in the architectural field and great advice in many life's aspects. I am not an architect student and your class enriches my knowledge in this field.

Diego C.

This masterclass is a treasure ! Thanks for all, Frank. Thank you for pushing us to find our own way! We'll meet soon! A big hug my third grandfather :) . MAKTUB


What an amazing constellation of characteristics have conspired to create Gehry"s genius. I am grateful to him for sharing his life with us.

A fellow student

Loved it, reminded me of all my years of architectural school and work. The creative processes and how we got to the final building. This class is a keeper. Thank you!

Maha H.

I felt Honesty lead him to make a name for himself. I am planning to take this Masterclass again and again. A brilliant mind!

A fellow student

I enjoyed it! the way he talks honestly about creativity, the difficulties of the profession with contractors and owners, and the way he solves problems with his entourage and build teams in his office! An excellent lesson for new or future architects... "Know how to build" message is key!... in addition to creativity... of course!