The architecture of Frank Gehry has always popular with Dezeen readers. Recently though he became almost better known for a spontaneous finger gesture.
At the end of 2014, the Canadian-born, Los Angeles-based architect described 98 per cent of new buildings are "pure shit" and stuck his middle finger up at a group of journalists. It caused such a stir that people were still reading about it in droves this year.
Gehry, 87, managed to build on this newfound reputation with a handful of contentious new projects. These included a masterplan for the revitalisation of the Los Angeles River, which was fiercely criticised by a local landscape architect, and a huge development along LA's famous Sunset Strip.
But on a lighter note, the year also saw Gehry try his hand at yacht design. A keen sailor himself, he designed and built his own boat.