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Frank Gehry’s works are often cited as being among the most important in contemporary architecture, which has led Vanity Fair to call him “the most important architect of our age.”

Upon turning 80 in 2009, he was described by Christopher Hawthorne, the architecture critic for The Los Angeles Times, as “the most famous architect in the world, by a healthy margin.”

When Loyola Law School in Los Angeles selected him to redesign its campus in 1979, Frank Gehry was not known as an international star but rather as a radical who used strange materials in strange ways.

Nevertheless, Loyola selected the most radical architect available for its new campus, and the campus turned out to be the first large project to draw national and international acclaim to Gehry’s work.

The book, “Frank Gehry’s Loyola Law School, An Architectural Tour,” is a careful analysis written by Robert Benson, the faculty member most involved with Gehry’s design since its beginning.

Later Benson asked Gehry to design a house for him, where he brought up his family. Follow him as he takes you on the grand tour of Loyola.

from the foreword by Mildred Friedman,
Author of “The Architecture of Frank Gehry”
from the book:

“…Gehry had a huge original idea for Loyola. All the other architects had proposed a single, massive building… Gehry proposed a village of smaller buildings around a plaza. It would, he said, give us a sense of place, on a human scale. The idea captivated the committee.”

from the 20-minute DVD:

“His imaginative buildings are now in many countries but his first large project to draw national and international spotlights was the Loyola Law School in downtown Los Angeles.”