Architect; Fellow, The American Institute of Architects
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Michael Graves is the founding partner, Michael Graves and Associates and Michael Graves Design Group, and a fellow of the American Institute of Architects and the Robert Schirmer professor of architecture, emeritus at Princeton University. Cited in The New York Times as "the most truly original voice American architecture has produced in some time," Graves has received many prestigious awards, including the 2010 Topaz Medallion from the American Institute of Architects and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, the 2001 Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects, and the 1999 National Medal of Arts. Graves is the first architect inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame and the first recipient of the Michael Graves Lifetime Achievement Award from the AIA-NJ. In 1960, he won the Rome Prize and studied at the American Academy in Rome, of which he is now a trustee. In 1962, Graves began a 39-year teaching career at Princeton University.
Acclaimed architect Michael Graves recalls his move to designing medical devices and facilities after an illness left him partially paralyzed. Examining the clutter of a typical hospital room setting, Graves sighs, "This is the 21st century. We can do better than this."
(born July 9, 1934, Indianapolis, Ind., U.S.) U.S. architect and designer. He studied at Harvard University and in 1962 began a long teaching career at Princeton University while designing private houses in the abstract and austere style of orthodox Modernism. In the late 1970s he rejected Modernist expression and began seeking a larger, postmodernist vocabulary. The hulking masses of the Portland Building in Portland, Ore. (1980), and the Humana Building in Louisville, Ky. (1982), display his highly personal, Cubist rendering of such Classical elements as colonnades and loggias. Though considered somewhat awkward, these and his later buildings (e.g., Indianapolis Art Center, 1996) have been acclaimed for their ironic interpretation of traditional forms. Among his later projects were the restoration of the Washington Monument (2000) and the creation of a line of household items, including kitchenware and furniture, for the discount retailer Target.