Frank O. Gehry is one of the most influential architects working today, with far-ranging experience in cultural and educational buildings.

His groundbreaking work includes notable cultural projects such as:

  • the New World Symphony Concert Hall in Miami, Florida;
  • the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York;
  • Signature Theatre, New York City;
  • the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao;
  • the Jay Pritzker Pavilion and BP Bridge in Millennium Park, Chicago;
  • the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

He has also completed design work on the Foundation Louis Vuitton Museum in Paris, France (opened 2014) and on the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (in development), in addition to designing the masterplan for Luma Arles and the center piece of its creative campus—The Tower.

To describe The Tower, Frank O. Gehry said:
"We wanted to evoke the local, from Van Gogh's 'Starry Night' to the soaring rock clusters you find in the region. Its central drum echoes the plan of the Roman amphitheatre."

His notable education buildings include:

  • the Loyola University Law School,
  • the Yale Psychiatric Institute,
  • the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University,
  • the Stata Center at MIT,
  • the Lewis Library at Princeton University.

His work has earned many of the most significant awards in the architectural field, including the Pritzker Architecture Prize (1989), architecture’s most important award, the Wolf Prize from the Wolf Foundation (1992), and the Praemium Imperiale Award by the Japan Art Association (1992).

He has also received the Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects, and the Golden Lion Lifetime Achievement Award at the Venice Biennale (2008).

Frank O. Gehry is the founder of Los Angeles-based Gehry Partners, LLP, a full service architectural firm with extensive experience in the design and construction of academic, museum, theatre, performance, and commercial projects around the world; and, Gehry Technologies, a software and services firm whose mission is to leverage technology to make better buildings for less money.

He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Southern California in 1954, and he studied City Planning at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.


“During my first visit to the Luma Arles site I understood immediately the power of the site and its 19th century buildings for the proposed program.

The 11-ha site with its complex of buildings from when it served as a railway manufacturing factory, was lowered significantly relative to the Avenue Victor Hugo leading to it from the historic centre of Arles. It made perfect sense thus to propose a new type of cultural centre here, on one hand using the old manufacturing structures for all kinds of different uses—exhibition, workshops, research etc. and on the other hand anchoring the site with the new building by Frank Gehry. The site thus becomes a park where discovery is possible.

Given the ambitious and creative programming of Luma we knew first and foremost that the spaces had to be flexible to accommodate works of various scale and mediums. The existing railroad sheds with their tall ceilings and linear structure had great potential for being re-used in different ways.

We began by assessing the state of the existing buildings to evaluate what aspects could be restored or renovated, and which required a new intervention. An earlier fire had damaged much of the roof area of both the Forges and the Mécanique buildings so we have proposed a new flat cast tile that is a subtle nod to the original roman clay tiles. The interior exposed steel columns, brackets and trusses have all been preserved and restored.

Skylights have been added and up to date gallery lighting installed. To capture the magnificent quality of light in Southern France is vital and we knew it needed to be modulated and controlled so as to enhance the experience of being in the refurbished buildings.

Significant attention has been paid to making the buildings sustainable by utilizing practical strategies including natural ventilation and a radiant heating and cooling system. Careful attention to the choice of simple materials allows the spaces to remain intact and quietly authentic.

With every space in the complex we seek to create a balance allowing the 19th century industrial vocabulary to coexist simply with contemporary purpose, all the while creating well-proportioned spaces with controllable natural light and clear circulation.”

- Annabelle Selldorf, Principal Selldorf Architects


Bas Smets has backgrounds in landscape architecture, civil engineering and architecture. Starting from a precise reading of the existing land, his projects reveal an unseen, exemplary landscape. These projects vary in scale from territorial visions to infrastructural landscapes, from large parks to private gardens, from city centres to film sets.

He founded his office in Brussels in 2007 and is active in ten countries.

His constructed projects include:

  • the transformation of the historical gardens of Chateau Padiès in France’s Tarn region;
  • the town centre renewal of Ingelmunster in Flanders;
  • the black landscapes for Philippe Parreno’s film Continuously Habitable Zones.

A number of his large parks are under construction:

  • the Tour & Taxis park in Brussels;
  • the New South project in Antwerp;
  • the Estonian National Museum park in Tartu.

He received a Master’s degree in Architecture and Civil Engineering from the University of Leuven and a postgraduate qualification in Landscape Architecture from the University of Geneva.

He regularly lectures at international institutions, such as the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the Pavillon de l’Arsenal in Paris.

In 2008 he was awarded the biennial French prize for young landscape architects ‘Les Nouveaux Albums des Jeunes Architectes et des Paysagistes’.