Frank Gehry has another academic credit coming: The renowned architect in May will receive an honorary doctorate from Case Western Reserve University.
The commencement marks the 10-year anniversary of the curvaceous – and controversial – business school Gehry designed for the campus.
Peter B. Lewis, who donated $36 million to finance the building that bears his name, will also receive an honorary degree and serve as commencement speaker.
The building, which features Gehry's tumbling stainless-steel curves, in 2003 caused a schism between Lewis and his hometown.
The chairman of insurer Progressive Corp. staged a personal, short-term boycott of Cleveland charities after construction costs jumped from $42 million to $62 million.
Lewis at the time called Case Western "a diseased university," but the billionaire philanthropist has since resumed giving and rekindled relations with the school.