Frank Gehry to Open the Kusske Lecture & Dialogue Series

November 5, 2021

The University of Minnesota’s College of Design is pleased to announce that internationally acclaimed architect, Frank Owen Gehry, CC, FAIA, will be the inaugural speaker for the new Kusske Lecture & Dialogue Series on Tuesday, November 16.

Joining the in-person event virtually from his studio in Los Angeles, the Pritzker Prize Laureate will discuss his career trajectory from the gliding steel of the Weisman Art Museum to the majestic Luma Arles Tower. Collaborating with communities and working from the inside out, Gehry generates fluid forms realized in the “liquid architecture” of dazzlingly iconic buildings such as Dancing House in Prague, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and Fondation Louis Vuitton at the edge of Paris's Jardin d'Acclimatation.

Frank Gehry

In conversation with Jennifer Yoos, FAIA, CEO and Principal of VJAA, and head of the School of Architecture, Gehry will consider how his visual language evolved. Signatures of his lifelong creative journey are inspirations from nature and experiments with materials, light, and movement.

Their discussion is a fitting start for the Kusske Lecture & Dialogue Series, which brings design practitioners and scholars to the College of Design to consider humanity’s most pressing issues and advance dialogue across disciplines to generate solutions. An in-person panel discussion will follow the conversation between Gehry and Yoos and will include Wearable Technology Lab Co-Director Brad Holschuh, Associate Professor Tejas Dhadphale, and landscape designer Jordan Hedlund (MLA ’21).

The event is free and open to the public but registration is required. Learn more about the event.

A generous commitment from Manitou Fund to the University of Minnesota’s College of Design will honor the memory of distinguished alumnus Christopher Arthur Kusske (BLA ‘78).

This fall, the School of Architecture is proud to present its latest lecture series. Featuring practitioners, educators, and activists, these lectures are free and open to the public.

Created by the Women in Architecture Student Organization (WIASO), the latest exhibition in Rapson Hall’s HGA Gallery Link, “Gendering Architecture, Architecting Gender,” shines a spotlight on historic and contemporary female architects.