The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) has received a $100,000 gift from architect Frank Gehry and his wife, Berta. The contribution will be used to establish the Gehry Prize, a recognition that will be rewarded to the best thesis projects selected by critics and jurors in the Graduate Thesis Weekend hosted each September. The first Gehry Prize will be awarded September 9 at the school’s 2012 graduation ceremony.
“The entire school community, including students, faculty, staff, administration and board, is extremely appreciative of this extraordinary gift to SCI-Arc,” says Eric Owen Moss, SCI-Arc director. “Thanks to this contribution, we can warranty that SCI-Arc’s advocacy for architecture as a rousing, speculative adventure will endure.”
As an SCI-Arc trustee since 1990, Gehry has had an active role in the evolution of the institute since it began in 1972, attending lectures, reviews, and special events. The architect’s commitment to the school will also be celebrated at the school’s 40th anniversary reception, to be held in April 2013.
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