In he was the recipient of the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, where, from tohe immersed himself in the study of the great ancient local edifices. His exposure to those architectural structures not only would be the impetus for his departure from Modernism but would even be evident in his later postmodern buildings. As he was a disciple of Modernism, his early architecture in the s was imbued with its spirit: His adherence to the principles of Modernism helped to identify him in the late s as one of the New York Five, a group of influential East Coast architects who wholeheartedly embraced the Modernist movement.
He grew up in the city's suburbs and later credited his mother for suggestion that he become and engineer or an architect. Nelson, a furniture designer and the creative director for Herman Millerexposed Graves to the work of fellow designers Charles and Ray Eames and Alexander Girard.
His marriage to Gail Devine in ended in divorce; his subsequent marriage to Lucy James in also ended in divorce. Graves worked as an architect in public practice designing a variety of buildings that included private residences, university buildings, hotel resorts, hospitals, retail and commercial office buildings, museums, civic buildings, and monuments.
During a career that spanned nearly fifty years, Graves and his firm designed more than buildings around the world, in addition to an estimated 2, household products. Professor of Architecture[ edit ] Inafter two years of studies in Rome, Graves returned to the United States and moved to Princeton, New Jersey, where he had accepted a professorship at the Princeton University School of Architecture.
Graves taught at Princeton for thirty-nine years while simultaneously practicing architecture. As a result, Graves was never commissioned to design a building for the university. Nicknamed "The Warehouse", it also displayed many of the household items he designed.
The New York Five became the "standard-bearers of a movement to elevate modernist architectural form into a serious theoretical pursuit.
He began by sketching designs that had Cubist -inspired elements and strong, saturated colors. Postmodernism allowed Graves to introduce his humanist vision of classicism, as well as his sense of irony and humor.
His designs, notable for their "playful style" and "colorful facades," were a "radical departure" from his earlier work. The celebrated but controversial municipal office also became an icon for the city of Portland and subject to an ongoing preservation debate.
TIME magazine also claimed it was a commercial icon for the city of Louisville and one of the best buildings of the s. For example, his design for an expansion of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City in the mids was highly contested and never built due to local opposition.
Graves also received recognition for his multi-year renovation of his personal residence in Princeton. Gary Lapera, a principal and studio head of Michael Graves and Associates, designed the museum, also known as the Lowman Collection and the National Automobile Museum of the Netherlands, which houses more than cars.
His distinctive style was well known among the general public in the United States in s and s, when he began designing household products for major clients such as the Target CorporationAlessiSteuben, and The Walt Disney Company.
Graves began designing consumer products such as furniture and home accessories.
Especially notable is his "Plaza" dressing table. Graves designed a sterling silver tea service for Alessi ina turning point in his career, and he was no longer known solely as an architect. In Graves designed his iconic a stainless-steel teakettle stovetop kettle.
It remained the company's top-selling product for fifteen years.Michael Graves: Michael Graves, American architect and designer, one of the principal figures in the postmodernist movement.
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Graves earned a bachelor’s degree in from the College of Design at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, and a master’s degree in architecture () at Harvard University.
Michael Graves is a renowned postmodernist architect, best known for the design of the Indianapolis Art Centre, the restoration of the Washington Monument, the Portland Building, and the Humana Building in Louisville.
Biography Michael A. Graves, has more than 25 years of experience in consumer goods, multi-media, and fundraising (both private equity and philanthropy), and is the Founding Member and Managing Partner of the Graves Advisory Group, LLC (Graves Advisory).
Michael Graves (July 9, – March 12, ) was an American architect. Identified as one of The New York Five, as well as Memphis Group, Graves was known first for his contemporary building designs and some prominent public commissions that became iconic examples of Postmodern architecture, such as the Portland Building and Denver Public initiativeblog.com: Jul 09,