Turning Points: To the Summit

A top architect recalls how he raised both a building and his kids

In my career, nothing can or will ever equal being chosen as the architect for the Getty Center. Not only was it the most important event of my career, but as things worked out, the project became inextricably linked with my children's growing up.

When the Getty's board invited leading architects to compete in 1982, the members presented the Getty Center as the architect's dream of the decade--at least. And it was. The site was extraordinary--more than 100 acres in the middle of Los Angeles, high above everything, untouched, with views in all directions. And the full vision of what...

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