Michael Graves

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Works Alexander House, at Princeton, New Jersey, 1971 to 1973.

Crooks House, at Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1976.

Hanselmann House, at Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1967.  * 3D Model *

Portland Building, at Portland, Oregon, 1980.  * 3D Model *

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Michael Graves

(b. Indianapolis, Indiana 1934)

Michael Graves was born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1934. He studied at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio and at Harvard University. After working as a Fellow at the American Academy in Rome for two years, he started his own practice in Princeton, New Jersey. He became a professor at Princeton University in 1972.

A member of the "New York Five", Graves re-interpreted the rational style that had been introduced by Le Corbusier in the 1920s into a neoclassical style. By the mid-1970s, Graves had become less concerned with the roots of Modernism and had developed a wide-ranging eclecticism in which he abstracted historical forms and emphasized the use of color.

Michael Graves generates an ironic, vision of Classicism in which his buildings have become classical in their mass and order. Although influenced by the fundamentalists in developing an architectural language, Graves has become an an opponent of modern works who uses humor as an integral part of his architecture. Indeed, many of his recent designs seem to celebrate architectural pastiche and kitsch.

Dennis Sharp. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Architects and Architecture. New York: Quatro Publishing, 1991. ISBN 0-8230-2539-X. NA40.I45. p67.


A.I.A. Gold Medal recipient for 2001

Michael Graves & Associates
341 Nassau Street
Princeton, NJ 08540
Tel: 609-924-6409
Fax: 609-924-1795

Resources Sources on Michael Graves

"A.I.A. Announces Highest Honors", by B.J. Novitski, ArchitectureWeek No. 32, 2001.0103, pN1.1.

"Reevaluating Postmodernism ", by Brian Libby, ArchitectureWeek No. 101, 2002.0605, pC1.1.

Michael Graves : Selected and Current Works (The Master Architect Series). Stephen Dobney (Editor). August 1999. ISBN 1875498737. — Available at

Michael Graves : Buildings and Projects 1990-1994. Janet Abrams, Karen Nichols (Editor), Lisa Burke (Editor), Patrick Burke. Rizzoli (November 1995). ISBN 0847819027. — Available at   Find books about Michael Graves

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