Frank Gehry, Vontz Center
The Peter B. Lewis Building is the principal facility for Weatherhead. It is named after the Cleveland philanthropist who donated $36.9 million towards its construction.
Canadian-born American architect Frank Owen Goldberg, known as Frank Gehry was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1929. After his family emigrated to the United States. After being a truck driver he tried several other professions like chemical engineering and radio announcing he eventually tried some architecture classes. Gehry studied at Los Angeles City College and graduated from the University of Southern California's School of Architecture and in 1954 he graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from USC. After his study he worked for Victor Gruen Associates in Los Angeles, founded by Austrian architect Victor Gruen (1903-1980). Gehry moved to Paris in 1961 where he started working for architect Andre Remondet (1908-1998). Gehry started his own company, Frank Gehry and Associates, in 1967. In the 1980s Gehry designed several structures, among them Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro and the California Aerospace Museum. During the 1990s other important commissions followed: The Dancing House in Prague, Czech Republic and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao which gave him international recognition. Many of Gehry’s buildings have design flaws and some people say his work does not serve the interests of the majority.