Gehry Partners, LLP

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Gehry Partners, LLP is a full-service firm with broad international experience in museum, theater, performance, academic, and commercial projects.

Founded in 1962 and located in Los Angeles, California, Gehry Partners currently has a staff of over 200 people. Frank Gehry personally directs every project undertaken by Gehry Partners. All of the firm’s resources and the extensive experience of its senior partners are available to assist in the design effort and to carry it forward through technical development and construction administration. At the heart of the firm’s design approach is a method in which the client is brought fully into the design process as a member of the design team, making the design a true collaboration between architect and client. The design process is based on extensive physical modeling at multiple scales, in which a project’s functional and formal aspects of a project are explored in detail. Very early in the process, actual building materials and large-scale mock-ups are employed to promote understanding of the design among all involved parties. Working simultaneously with the formal image at the urban scale and with materials and building systems at the detail level, every project undertaken by Gehry Partners evolves in response to the specific programmatic and budgetary goals defined by the client. The staff of Gehry Partners includes a large number of senior architects with extensive experience in the technical development of building systems and construction documents and who are highly qualified in the management of complex construction projects. This development and management is aided by Digital Project, a sophisticated 3-dimensional computer modeling program, developed by Gehry Technologies, Inc.  Adapted from French aerospace engineering software, this tool allows the firm to thoroughly document designs and rationalize the bidding, fabrication, and construction process.

The work of Gehry Partners has been featured widely in national and international newspapers and magazines, and has been exhibited in major museums throughout the world. Notable projects include: the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Bilbao, Spain; the DZ Bank Building, a mixed-use building adjacent to the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany; Der Neue Zollhof, an office complex in Düsseldorf, Germany; the Experience Music Project in Seattle, Washington; the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum in Biloxi, Mississippi; the Bard College Performing Arts Center in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York; the Peter B. Lewis Campus of the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio; the Vontz Center for Molecular Studies at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio; the Millennium Park Music Pavilion and Great Lawn in Chicago, Illinois; the Corcoran Gallery and School of Art in Washington, DC; the Marques de Riscal Winery in Elciego, Spain; Maggie’s Centre, a cancer patient care center in Dundee, Scotland; the Team Disneyland Administration Building in Anaheim, California; the Nationale-Nederlanden Building in Prague, Czech Republic; the EMR Communication and Technology Center in Bad Oeynhausen, Germany; the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota; the University of Toledo Center for the Visual Arts in Toledo, Ohio; the Vila Olimpica Retail and Commercial Complex in Barcelona, Spain; the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California; the Chiat/Day Office Building in Venice, California; the Vitra International Furniture Museum and Factory in Weil am Rhein, Germany; the Vitra International Headquarters in Basel, Switzerland; the Lou Ruvo Alzheimer Center in Las Vegas, Nevada; the Princeton Science Library in Princeton, New Jersey; the Puente de Vida Museo in Panama City, Panama; and the Hall Winery in Napa Valley, California.