Already having taught at Columbia and Yale, Frank Gehry can now add his alma mater to the list of schools where the student can call him “Prof.” The University of Southern California‘s School of Architecture has named Gehry the Judge Widney Professor of Architecture, a title which gets its name from the founder of the university and one of the people who helped develop Los Angeles into a major metropolis in the late 1800s. Gehry attended USC in the 1960s, receiving his undergraduate degree in architecture there in 1965. Neither the school nor the architect himself has revealed how much teaching he’ll actually be doing, now that he has his fancy title, but we’d imagine he’ll at least pop by for a lecture or two over the years. Here’s his statement after receiving news of the title:
“I am very honored to be given this prestigious appointment,” Gehry said. “USC was an important part of my early life. When I was a USC student, my professors gave me excellent preparation for my career. I carry with me today many life lessons learned at ‘SC.”
Future USC students take note: if you’d like to one day work for the famous architect, it certainly couldn’t hurt to take his class. For proof, you might want to consult our post from the other day about how his chief of staff, Meaghan Lloyd, got her start.