Gordon Bunshaft (May 9, 1909 – August 6, 1990) was an architect educated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1988, Gordon Bunshaft nominated himself for the Pritzker Prize and eventually won it.
Born in Buffalo, New York, to Russian immigrant parents of a Jewish decent, where he attended Lafayette High School, an architecturally significant building, Bunshaft was a modernist whose early influences included Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier. His best-known design is the Lever House, built as a corporate headquarters for the soap company Lever Brothers. His design for the Manufacturers Hanover Trust Branch Bank (1953), the first post-war 'transparent' bank on the east coast, is a modernist gem.
Bunshaft worked with Edward Durell Stone, worked three months for industrial designer Raymond Loewy, whom he considered a phony, and eventually became a partner in the New York office of the young firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.
Bunshaft's only single-family residence is the 2300 square foot (210 m²) Travertine House, built for his own family. On his death he left the house to MoMA, which sold it to Martha Stewart in 1995. Her extensive remodelling stalled amid an acrimonious planning dispute with a neighbour, and when she sold the house to textile magnate Donald Maharam in 2005 he described the house as "decrepit and largely beyond repair" and demolished it.  
His minimalist approach extended beyond his architecture. Upon receiving the Pritzker Prize in 1988, for which he nominated himself, he gave the shortest speech of any winner in the award's history, stating:
In 1928, I entered the MIT School of Architecture and started my architectural trip. Today, 60 years later, I've been given the Pritzker Architecture Prize for which I thank the Pritzker family and the distinguished members of the selection committee for honoring me with this prestigious award. It is the capstone of my life in architecture. That's it.
Bunshaft's personal papers are held by the Department of Drawings & Archives in the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library at Columbia University; his architectural drawings remain with SOM. He is buried next to his wife and parents in the Temple Beth El cemetery on Pine Ridge Road in Buffalo, New York.
- 1942 - Great Lakes Naval Training Center, Hostess House - Great Lakes, IL
- 1951 - Lever House - New York, New York
- 1953 - Manufacturers Hanover Trust Branch Bank - New York, New York
- 1958 - Reynolds Metals Company International Headquarters - Richmond, Virginia
- 1961 - One Chase Manhattan Plaza - New York City
- 1962 - CIL House - Montreal
- 1962 - Albright-Knox Art Gallery addition - Buffalo, New York
- 1963 - Travertine House - East Hampton (town), New York
- 1963 - Beinecke Library - Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
- 1965 - Banque Lambert - Brussels
- 1967 - Marine Midland Building - New York City
- 1971 - Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum - Austin, Texas
- 1974 - Solow Building - 9 West 57th Street, New York, New York
- 1974 - W. R. Grace Building - New York, New York
- 1974 - Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden - Washington, D.C.
- 1983 - National Commercial Bank - Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Yale University, New Haven, CT 1963
New York, 1974
Washington, D.C. 1974
Johnson Presidential Library
Austin, Texas, 1971
Further reading 
- Carol Herselle Krinsky, Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, MIT Press, 1988
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Gordon Bunshaft|
- "Oral history interview with Gordon Bunshaft". Chicago Architects Oral History Project, The Art Institute of Chicago. Retrieved October 13, 2005.
- "Wrecking Ball". MetaFilter. Retrieved October 12, 2005. Discussion and links about preservation and rebuilding of the Bunshaft Residence, aka "Travertine House.".
- "Gordon Bunshaft 1988 Laureate". The Pritzker Architecture Prize. Retrieved October 12, 2005.
- Gordon Bunshaft architectural drawings and papers, 1909-1990 (bulk 1950-1979). Held in the Dept. of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York City
- Gordon Bunshaft at Find a Grave