We are very pleased to announce that architect and industrial designer Michael Graves will give the keynote address at Dwell on Design 2013. The AIA Gold medalist and recipient of the American Academy in Rome’s highest prize will take the stage on Friday, June 21 at 5 pm and share with the Dwell on Design audience his insights on sustainability, universal design, and his love affair with Italy.
Dwell contributing editor Kelly Vencill Sanchez recently caught up with Graves for a Q&A ahead of his appearance. To follow are his thoughts.
On common-sense design:
“I am an architect, a designer, and a patient. When I was a patient in a world-renowned rehab facility where I was re-learning how to be independent after my paralysis, I was excited to have progressed to the point where I could manage my daily personal grooming routine without help. I rolled into the bathroom in my wheelchair on that first morning only to discover that the mirror was hung on the wall above my eye level, the sink faucets were out of reach, and the plug for my electric razor was near the floor and inaccessible to me. This is why using good common sense is so crucial to designing for the disabled.”
Michael Graves Design Bookshelf Clock for jcpenney
On baby boomers retiring and their needs:
“I am passionate about changing the look and functionality of all of the home healthcare products the aging population is going to need. And I challenge each and every designer to think about this group in the same positive way.”
On what he hopes to accomplish in his new role on the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board—appointed by President Obama:
“I hope to bring attention to the needs of people with disabilities, to work with other smart, dedicated people on new guidelines and policies to bring about great change, and I hope to help ensure change really happens. I fundamentally believe that great challenges lead to great design. When our nation’s design standards exceed the current ADA requirements, everyone will benefit regardless of ability.”
The complete interview with Graves will be published in the Dwell on Design Preview Guide, which will accompany the June issue of Dwell.
To hear Graves discuss his thoughts on his career, his practice, and universal design, watch Dwell presents Design Icon: Michael Graves below.
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Michael Graves is credited with broadening the role of the architect in society and raising public interest in good design as essential to the quality of everyday life. A native of Indianapolis, Graves received his architectural training at the University of Cincinnati and Harvard University. 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, where he is now the Robert Schirmer Professor of Architecture, Emeritus. He has received 13 honorary doctorates and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Cited by Paul Goldberger, former New York Times critic, as “the most truly original voice American architecture has produced in some time,” Graves has received many prestigious awards, including the 1999 National Medal of Arts, the 2001 Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects, the 2010 Topaz Medallion from the AIA/ACSA, and he is the 2012 Richard H. Driehaus Prize Laureate. 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. LEARN MORE