World renown architect Frank Gehry was recognized by outgoing President Obama for his outstanding work in design and architecture with the highest honor a president can bestow upon a citizen. Gehry received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in the company of a prestigious group of 20 peers who range from physicists and engineers to actors and comedians.
Gehry, who served as professor of architecture at USC, has influenced a wide swathe of designers with his epic architectural achievements, including the Los Angeles Disney Concert Hall, which helped transform downtown L.A. into a cosmopolitan force to be reckoned with.
But he is most widely recognized for the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao Spain. Here, Gehry fused titanium, glass and limestone to erect a spectacular structure that, to this day, is hailed as a triumph for architecture. Even in the larger canon of Guggenheim structures around the world, the Guggenheim Bilbao stands alone as an icon.
The 87-year-old has no plans of slowing down either. He is currently working on, among other commissions, the L.A. River Revitalization Project.