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Michael Graves

Michael Graves & Associates

Michael Graves
Michael Graves & Associates
18 West 21st Street
Suite 902
New York NY 10010
phone (212) 941-5890
fax 646-360-3925
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Our approach to architecture and design is, in the broadest sense, rooted in how people use and understand buildings, cities, furniture, and other fabricated objects. It is important to us that architecture, urbanism, and design communicate and connect with the users, the place, and the local culture and history. Architecture is inextricably tied to its past while it also addresses the needs of the present and shapes the future. Thus, for us, architecture is not simply a style but rather a language that both reflects the continuum of human experience and permits transformation based on evolving contexts. With our hallmark interest in legibility, we create master plans, buildings and interiors of character that tell stories about the people who inhabit them and the places where they are located. In designing furniture and consumer products, we balance form and function and create objects that are accessible and intuitive as well as beautiful.

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Cedar Gables House

Cedar Gables House

Imapala Living Room

Imapala Living Room

Beach House Living Room

Beach House Living Room

House on Indian Hill

House on Indian Hill


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 American Institute of Architects and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, 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.

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