Frank Gehry to lecture online architecture course

Frank Gehry will teach an architecture and design course for the MasterClass online training platform, sharing his creative process and offering a critique of student work.

For $ 90 (approximately £ 72), Gehry's MasterClass will include 15 video tutoring lessons students on its architectural philosophy using case studies, sketches and models.

A downloadable workbook with summaries and assignments accompanies each class. Students will also be able to download their own videos for comments from the rest of the group, with Gehry criticizing some of the works.

Gehry's masterclass, which will begin in the spring of this year, will also give an overview of its archive of previously unseen models.

"When you're building a building, any building, start with the simple block model to see where it's going," says Gehry in a promotional video for the course.

"As an artist, I have had constraints, gravity is one of them," he continues. "But in all these constraints I have 15 percent freedom to do my art."

"I always try to express the movement, I was fascinated by the fold so fundamental to our first feelings of love and warmth. These ideas are scary like hell to tell the customer, they can reject you and they will. The logic for you to go, stretch to another place. "

The Los Angeles-born Canadian-born architect is famous for the concave and convex plans that often make his buildings, such as the undulating shape of his New York skyscraper, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and the Louis Foundation Vuitton in Paris.

During the course, Gehry will also discuss the philosophy behind his work, urging his students to do "something for humanity" rather than the economy.

"Most of our cities are built with faceless glass only for savings and not for the humanities," he says. "Whatever you do, promise me that every project you do or conceive, you take the risk of doing something for humanity."

The feeling echoes a previous statement made by the architect at a Spanish press conference in 2014, in which he said that most of today's architectures have "no sense of design" .

"In the world we live in, 98% of what is built and designed today is pure sh!t," he told the group of journalists. "There is no sense of design or respect for humanity or anything. They are bad buildings and that's it."

Gehry will join other well-known MasterClass instructors, with past editions including Werner Herzog on cinema, Deadmau5 on electronic music production and Serena Williams on tennis.

Last year, the architect arrived in Dezeen's Hot List, a guide to the most desirable and sought-after figures in the design world, with a handful of contentious new projects.

These include a master plan for the revitalization of the Los Angeles River, which has been violently criticized by a local landscape architect, and an enormous development along the famous Sunset Strip in Los Angeles.