Writer Tom Teicholz sat down with the famed architect a few days before Frank Gehry, FAIA, received the Getty Medal on September 28. He discovered Gehry’s obsession with the ancient Greeks and Romans, whose goal was to create an emotional response from materials. Gehry owns a life-size photo of a Greek statue. He told Teicholz, “That unknown artist did a statue that made me cry. How did he do that? That’s our goal, emotion. When you do a concert hall, it is Shakespearean. It is a stage. We all are on stage and that we are all players. It’s not just the orchestra playing. You want to maintain the connection between the two.”

Gehry also discusses his upbringing as a Jew in an anti-Semitic community, how he got rejected from joining an architecture fraternity, and his firm’s collaborative computer design process.

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