The first retrospective of this prolific, unorthodox, and controversial 20th-century architect.

Eero Saarinen’s creations, including the TWA Terminal at JFK Airport and the St. Louis Gateway Arch, epitomized American power after World War II. His clients constituted a who’s who of the era’s preeminent corporations, industries, and educational institutions. Business, civic, and academic officials commissioned him to design buildings to promote automobile culture, air travel, higher education, popular forms of entertainment like television, and the newest information technologies. Featuring sketches, models, photographs, furnishings, films, and other ephemera, the exhibition examines the architect’s career from the 1930s through the early 1960s.

Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future is organized by the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York, The Museum of Finnish Architecture, Helsinki, and the National Building Museum, Washington, D.C., with the support of the Yale University School of Architecture.

ASSA ABLOY is the global sponsor of Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future.

A companion publication of the same title, co-edited by exhibition curator Donald Albrecht, was published by Yale University Press.


Miller House, Columbus, Indiana, circa 1957.
Photographer Ezra Stoller. © Ezra Stoller/ESTO.