• Eero Saarinen
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STORY   Eero Saarinen (1910 – 1961) is best known for the pure form of his designs, from sweeping, arching structural curves to elegant organization of rectangular shapes. The son of the influential Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen, Eero emigrated to the United States in 1923, when he was thirteen. His father was the architect of the Cranbrook Academy of Art, and was appointed President of the Academy in 1933. Eero had a close relationship with fellow faculty members such as Charles Eames, and became good friends with students including Florence Knoll. His first major architectural work was the General Motors Technical Center in Warren, Michigan. His other iconic works include the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (including the Gateway Arch) in St. Louis, Missouri, the Miller House in Columbus, Indiana and the main terminal of Dulles International Airport near Washington, D.C. In his famous work, TWA Flight Center at John F. Kennedy International Airport, he worked on with Charles J. Parise. The TWA Flight Center demonstrates the technical marvel of reinforced concrete shells. Saarinen is today considered as one of the recognized masters of American 20th-century architecture and furniture design.