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. Graves is the President and Founding Principal of Michael Graves & Associates, which provides architecture, interior design and master planning services; and Michael Graves Design Group, which specializes in product design, graphic design and branding. The firms are based in Princeton, New Jersey and New York City.
The architectural practice has designed over 400 buildings worldwide encompassing most building types. MGA has directly influenced the transformation of urban architecture from abstract modernism toward more contextual responses. Critic Paul Goldberger, writing in The New York Times, called Graves, “truly the most original voice in American architecture.”
The product design practice has designed and brought to market over 2,000 products with partnerships such as JCPenney, Target, and manufacturers such as Alessi, Stryker, Steuben, CF Stinson, Disney, and Delta Faucet.
Graves has received prestigious awards including the National Medal of Arts, the AIA Gold Medal and the Topaz Medallion from the AIA/ACSA. Graves is the 2012 Richard H. Driehaus Prize Laureate. Graves has become internationally recognized as a healthcare design advocate, with the Center for Health Design naming him one of the Top 25 Most Influential People in Healthcare Design.
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 14 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.
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