Design & Style, Arts & Entertainment

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.

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Topics include: Parting Wisdom


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.

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