Next year’s SUPRASTUDIO program at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design will be all about going off the grid on an urban scale.

In a recent discussion with Dennis Shelden, Craig Webb, and Andrew Witt of Gehry Technologies, Frank Gehry talks about how, early in his career, he would get upset when electricians came into his buildings and punched holes in the walls to put wires in. Considering that the aerospace industry is developing systems for Skylab that were miniaturized and light, Gehry started to think about how to change the way we solve problems in urban design to be less dependent on distribution systems.

What came of ensuing talks with his colleagues is Mr. Gehry’s participation in the creation of a SUPRASTUDIO program to confront challenges of the grid and its impact on the environment and address the possibility of local power generation.

If you could whisper in Frank’s ear, what would you ask him to have the SUPRASTUDIO students focus on next fall?

About Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry is a Pritzker Prize-winning architect based in Los Angeles and the designer of the designer of the future Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial. He is known for his “paper architecture” design technique and many famous buildings:

  • Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain
  • MIT Ray and Maria Stata Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles
  • Experience Music Project in Seattle
  • Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis
  • Dancing House in Prague
  • Vitra Design Museum andMARTa Museum in Germany
  • Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto
  • Cinémathèque française in Paris
  • 8 Spruce Street in New York City


SUPRASTUDIO at the UCLA Architecture and Urban Design is an architecture educational research platform that is designed to advance experimentation in architecture in collaboration with other building construction and design disciplines. Each program is a one-year course of study that can contribute to completion of a Masters of Architecture degree. During the course, students work on a specific research project in conjunction with industry professionals. Applications for the next SUPRASTUDIO program, which starts on August 5, 2013, are being accepted through January 7, 2013 from students who have obtained a Bachelor of Architecture degree from any NAAB accredited program in the United States, foreign equivalent, or a graduate degree in architecture.