Frank GehryTeaches Design and Architecture

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Frank GehryTeaches Design and Architecture

Create the extraordinary

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. Now this master builder invites you into his never-before-seen model archive for a look into his creative process.

VIDEO LESSONS

Watch and learn as Frank teaches his architectural philosophy using case studies, sketches, and models.

CLASS WORKBOOK

A downloadable workbook accompanies the class with lesson recaps and assignments.

OFFICE HOURS

Upload videos to get feedback from the class. Frank will also critique select student work.

Lesson Plan

  • 01

    Introduction

    Frank welcomes you to his MasterClass. He shares what he hopes you'll learn from him, and tells you exactly how he found architecture. Or did it find him?

  • 02

    On Creativity

    Frank is considered one of the most creative and expressive architects in the world. In this chapter, he’ll share why it’s important to develop your own creative signature and how to embrace the creative insecurity you will inevitably experience.

  • 03

    Design Philosophy: Part 1

    Over the course of his storied career, Frank has developed a series of hard-won philosophies about design and architecture. In the next two chapters, he passes these philosophies on to you.

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    • 04

      Design Philosophy: Part 2

      Frank dives deeper into the theories he considers crucial to every architect's design process.

    • 05

      Generating Ideas

      Sometimes the best ideas begin as the craziest ideas. Frank shares a few of his tips for exploring the crazy ideas, and where to begin again if you're feeling stuck.

    • 06

      Frank's Inspiration

      From the great sculptures by Bernini, to the fluid movement in Hiroshige's carp paintings, Frank has found inspiration for his buildings in a myriad of places. See how he translates, interprets, and adapts shapes and themes into his own designs.

    • 07

      Design Obstacles

      Critics, clients, even the ebb and flow of the economy can have dramatic effects on the work that you do. Frank shares stories of how he has overcome these obstacles, and ended up seeing them as opportunities.

    • 08

      Expressing Movement

      It started with an offhand comment about a fish. It turned into Frank Gehry's signature style. Learn about Franks fascination with movement, where it came from, and how he's able to add it to an inanimate building.

    • 09

      Creating With Your Client

      Frank knows the importance of communicating with clients. By including them at every step of the design process, your projects will gain order and personality. In this chapter, Frank shares how to make creative collaboration a priority.

    • 10

      Take Aways From the Walt Disney Concert Hall

      Frank shares the highlights, and low points, of his time designing and constructing the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall. You'll learn the importance of being a master builder, prototyping your work, and collaborating with other experts.

    • 11

      Take Aways From 8 Spruce Street

      Frank's high profile New York City highrise began as a study of movement. Learn how Frank collaborated with curtain wall experts to create 'Bernini folds' from metal panels.

    • 12

      Neighborhood and Context

      When he starts a new project, Frank knows it's crucial to consider a building's surroundings. In this chapter, he'll share his techniques for situating his work within existing landscapes.

    • 13

      Materials and Prototyping

      Being a master builder means staying on top of the latest in material advancements. Frank gives you a peek into his 'prototyping graveyard', where he tests materials that pique his interest, and looks for the humanity in the mundane.

    • 14

      Residential Projects

      Working with an architect is an enormous investment. Learn how you can honor your client's trust, and play an indispensable part in bringing their design goals to life.

    • 15

      Business

      Frank Gehry and Associates have been a bustling business since 1962, a monumental feat in the world of architecture. In this chapter, Frank shares how he runs an ethical, creative, collaborative, and profitable business.

    • 16

      Working With a Team

      If you're thinking of hiring a partner, or working for one, listen to these best practices Frank has honed over the years. The key? It starts with respect.

  • 17

    Final Thoughts

    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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Frank Gehry

Teaches Design and Architecture

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