Gordon Bunshaft


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American architect. In 1937 he joined Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill, and, influenced by European International Modernism (especially the work of Gropius), introduced that style to the firm. He became a partner in 1949, and made his name with Lever House, NYC (1950–2), which, with its prefabricated aluminium and plate-glass curtain-walls, was the precedent for a huge number of high-rise buildings in America and throughout the world. Among other SOM buildings credited to Bunshaft the Chase Manhattan Bank, NYC (1960–2), Banque Lambert, Brussels (1961–6), the extension to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY (1960–2), the L. B. Johnson Library and S. W. Richardson Hall, University of Texas, Austin, TX (1969–71), and National Commercial Bank, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (1977–84), may be cited.

Architectural Review, cxxxix/829 (Mar. 1966), 193–200;Kalman (1994);Krinsky (1988);Jane Turner (1996)

Subjects: Architecture — Art.

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