Gehry wins Getty medal

The third annual J. Paul Getty Medal, which celebrates leadership in creative fields, has been awarded to Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry.

The award was made because of his contribution to architecture, art and conservation of the urban environment.

J. Paul Getty Trust President and CEO James Cuno said “There have been very few individuals in all of history who have changed the course of architecture, and Frank is one of them.”

“He effectively reinvented architecture with his use of new technologies in the design of beautiful and iconic buildings. And architecture will never be the same as a result.”

Gehry’s other honours include the National Medal of Arts, Ordre National de Legion d’honneur Commandeur from the French government, Golden Lion Lifetime Achievement Award at the Venice Biennale.

Cuno said: “Given his contributions to architecture, and the Getty’s extensive research and collections in Los Angeles art and architecture at the mid-century and beyond, and the commitment of the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Foundation, and the Getty Research Institute to the conservation and study of modern architecture, it is fitting that we present Frank with our highest honor,”

Among Gehry’s most notable buildings are the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Jay Pritzker Pavilion and BP Bridge in Chicago, Eight Spruce Street Residential Tower in New York City; and Foundation Louis Vuitton in Paris.