Graves, Michael

Graves, Michael, 1934–2015, American architect, b. Indianapolis, Ind., educated at the Univ. of Cincinnati and Harvard. He taught at Princeton from 1962 to 2002. Graves was a member of the New York Five or white modernist architects during the 1960s, the other four being Richard Meier , Peter Eisenman, Charles Gwathmey, and John Hejduk. In the 1970s, Graves emerged as a leading proponent of the American postmodernist style (see postmodernism ). Extremely prolific, he designed more than 350 buildings worldwide. His completed projects include the Portland Building in Portland, Oreg.; the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport in The Hague; the Swan and Dolphin Hotels in Walt Disney World, Fla.; the Walt Disney Company Corporate Headquarters in Burbank, Calif.; the Newark Museum in Newark, N.J.; the Emory Univ. Museum of Art and Architecture in Atlanta, Ga.; and the Central Library in Denver. Graves is also known for his design of furniture, furnishings, and housewares, e.g., his well-known teakettle and pepper mill.

See M. Graves, Buildings and Projects 1966–81 (1983), Buildings and Projects 1982–89 (1990), Buildings and Projects 1990–94 (1995), and Buildings and Projects 1995–2003 (2004); B. M. Ambroziak, Michael Graves: Images of a Grand Tour (2005).

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