Architect: Frank Gehry
Year completed: 2000
Canadian-American Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry is renowned for his "paper architecture." Because of Gehry's long history of provocative buildings, however, it's no surprise that some of his work is considered ugly.
One piece that has received particular scrutiny is his EMP Museum in Seattle. The Seattle Times points out that it "still stirs debate, curiosity, and no small measure of snarkiness." Gehry's creation uses many different colors, materials, and planes to achieve its outrageous form. It is reminiscent of the architect's other work with its blatant disregard for context and continuity for the sake of showmanship.