University of Southern California and Gehry Essay

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Vicky smith
September 16, 2013
Ms. Sharpe
Explore Architecture Project: Frank Gehry

The architect Frank Gehry was born on February 28, 1929 in Toronto, Ontario. Even though he was born in Toronto, he built many of his buildings in the United States. Gehry got most of his training from taking summer classes at the University of Southern California. He took classes in ceramics, art, drawing, and art design. His teacher at the time, Glen Lukens was having a house designed by Raphael Soriano. Since Lukens knew how interested Gehry was in his art design class; he invited Gehry to come and meet Soriano. As Gehry watched Soriano, the simple things that he did got Gehry even more excited about designing. One of my favorite buildings by Mr. Gehry is the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum. It is located at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. This museum was founded in 1934 and finished in 1993. It is located on a site next to the Mississippi River and is a 47,000-square-foot building with an 11,000-square-foot expansion. This is one of the University’s major landmarks. The Weisman Art Museum has two faces. If someone viewed it from the campus side then they will see a brick face that blends with sandstone buildings. However on the opposite side it is a playground of curving and angular bruised steel sheets. In the making of building this museum, some of the geometric shapes that were used to produce the building are squares, rectangles, parallelograms, circles, crescents, and trapeziums. The geometry that was used for this building was greatly