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Order of Canada
Frank Gehry, C.C.
Los Angeles, California [U.S.A.]
Companion of the Order of Canada
Awarded on November 12, 2002; Invested on June 16, 2003
He is a creative genius who has emerged as one of the world's best architects. His journey to the pinnacle of his profession began in Toronto and led him to Los Angeles, where, since the early 1960s, he has produced an innovative body of work. Known for his responsiveness to modern technologies and lifestyles, he has garnered international recognition for his avant-garde buildings which have transformed the urban landscape of major cities around the world. By pushing the envelope ever further, he has made a major contribution to architecture, experimenting with and refining new construction materials and design techniques in his quest to synthesize art with function.