Frank Gehry was born in Toronto, Canada on February 28, 1929. He studied at the University of Southern California and Harvard University. Gehry then launched his architectural office in Los Angeles in 1962. He is among the most acclaimed architects of the 20th century, and he has been the recipient of dozens of awards recognizing excellence in architecture including the Pritzker Architecture Prize, which honors “significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture.” Gehry is known for his use of bold, postmodern shapes and unusual fabrications in design and architecture which explore structural strength, fluidity and form with uncommon materials.