Quotes by: Frank Gehry

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Frank Gehry
(2010)
Born Frank Owen Goldberg
(1929-02-28) February 28, 1929 (age 87)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian, American
Alma mater University of Southern California
Occupation Architect
Awards {see article}
Website foga.com
Practice Gehry Partners LLP
Buildings {see article}

I don't think all buildings have to be iconic, but the history of the world has shown us that cultures build iconic buildings for their major public buildings.
Frank Gehry
When I went to Harvard and studied planning, I found I didn't have the skills or the strength to become the kind of public person who could go out and lobby government agencies.
Frank Gehry
Green issues have been used as a marketing tool. Sometimes these green claims are completely meaningless.
Frank Gehry
Liquid architecture. It's like jazz - you improvise, you work together, you play off each other, you make something, they make something. And I think it's a way of - for me, it's a way of trying to understand the city, and what might happen in the city.
Frank Gehry
My father was an urchin that lived in Hell's Kitchen. He was part of a family of nine. I mean, there were times that were better and worse, but mostly, by the time we got to L.A., they'd lost whatever they had. And it was a sad time. And both he and I became truck drivers for different companies.
Frank Gehry
I was in Peru and visited a building near Lima built by the Incas. It was low in height, with no windows at all, but all the way in the back there was air movement. And I couldn't figure out how they'd done it; it was incredible.
Frank Gehry
Well, I've always just - I've never really gone out looking for work. I always waited for it to sort of hit me on the head.
Frank Gehry
When I was a kid, my father didn't really have much hope for me. He thought I was a dreamer; he didn't think I would amount to anything. My mother also.
Frank Gehry
A well-designed home has to be very comfortable. I can't stand the aesthetes, the minimal thing. I can't live that way. My home has to be filled with stuff - mostly paintings, sculpture, my fish lamps, cardboard furniture, lots of books.
Frank Gehry
Some people may say my curved panels look like sails. Well, I am a sailor, so I guess I probably do use that metaphor in my work - though not consciously.
Frank Gehry
I'm a leftie, and I've always believed in doing things on a modest scale.
Frank Gehry
I never said I was opposed to the LEED program or to green building - I'm not.
Frank Gehry
On certain projects, on big public projects, people definitely are interested in making them greener, but on smaller projects with tight budgets it can be harder.
Frank Gehry
My only extravagance in life is my sailboat. I'm bonkers about that, but other than that, I don't spend money on myself.
Frank Gehry
And I realized, when I'd come in to the meetings with these corrugated metal and chain link stuff, and people would just look at me like I'd just landed from Mars. But I couldn't do anything else. That was my response to the people and the time.
Frank Gehry
Each project, I suffer like I'm starting over again in life. There's a lot of healthy insecurity that fuels this stuff.
Frank Gehry
I can't just decide myself what's being built. Someone decides what they want, then I work for them.
Frank Gehry
Architecture is a service business. An architect is given a program, budget, place, and schedule. Sometimes the end product rises to art - or at least people call it that.
Frank Gehry
I don't make things with my hands, although I studied woodworking and made furniture.
Frank Gehry
I used to sketch - that's the way I thought out loud. Then they made a book of my sketches, and I got self-conscious, so now I don't do it much.
Frank Gehry
You have freedom, so you have to make choices - and at the point when I make a choice, the building starts to look like a Frank Gehry building. It's a signature.
Frank Gehry
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