World renowned architect and designer of the celebrated Guggenheim Museum in Spain, Frank Gehry, is being sued by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for an allegedly faulty building.

The three-year-old, US$300m Ray and Maria Strata Center building at MIT outside of Boston is allegedly faulty.

The 400,000ft² Stata Center is made of up twisted, arched and jagged surfaces and according to MIT suffers from persistent leaks, drainage problems and mould.

In an e-mail to news service Reuters, the 78-year-old Gehry defended his work, for which he was paid US$15m.

“I am immensely proud of our firm’s work on the Stata Center,” he says.

“I fully stand behind the center’s design and have no reason to believe that it contributed in any way to the problems, which are relatively minor and easily addressed.”

Gehry won the Pritzker Prize in 1989.

By staff writer