Asteroid 9577, Gropius, was discovered on February 2, 1989 by Freimut Borngen at Tautenburg, Thuringia, Germany. It has a period of 3 years,276 days.
It was named for German architect Walter Gropius (1883-1969), known for his rejection of historical influence. He founded the Bauhaus in Weimar in 1919 and was its director until 1928; he left Germany for Britain in 1933, eventually moving to the US, where he taught at Harvard University and established a school of architecture there.
The meaning of asteroid Gropius seems to be:to grope (Raymond Scott); to grope around; possibly, modern architecture or architecture representing a break with the past.