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Dundee honours Dr Gehry

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Frank Gehry was in fine fettle when he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Dundee last Friday, writes Brian Edwards.Witty and urbane, he accepted the degree of Doctor of Law with characteristic modesty, extolling the students present to be themselves, trust their own instincts as designers and avoid borrowed ideology.

Gehry told the audience that the night before he had stayed at Glamis Castle, and slept in what had been the Queen Mother's bedroom.Here, he said, he dreamt that the Scottish rain had flattened out the crinkly shiny roof of the new Maggie's Centre.

The conferment of the LLD degree celebrated both Gehry and the Maggie's Centre movement, as Charles McKean said in his oration.McKean noted the similarities between two great 'Franks' of American architecture -Lloyd Wright and Gehry - both essentially outsiders and masters of form.

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