Michael Graves (b. July 9, 1934) is an American architect. Identified as one of The New York Five, Graves has achieved his greatest fame with his designs for domestic household items sold at Target stores in the United States.
Graves was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. He attended Broad Ripple High School, receiving his diploma in 1950. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Cincinnati and a master's degree from Harvard University.
An architect in public practice in Princeton, New Jersey, since 1964, Graves is also the Robert Schirmer Professor of Architecture, Emeritus at Princeton University. He directs the firm Michael Graves & Associates, which has offices in Princeton and in New York City. In addition to his popular line of household items, Graves and his firm have earned acclaim for a wide variety of commercial and residential buildings and interior design. In 1999 Graves was awarded the National Medal of Arts and in 2001 the Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects. In 2003, an infection of unknown origin (possible bacterial meningitis) left Graves paralyzed from the waist down. He is still active in his practice, which is currently involved in a number of projects; including an addition to the Detroit Institute of Arts, and a large Integrated Resort in Singapore
His important buildings include:
Alexander House, Princeton, New Jersey, 1971-1973
Plocek House, Warren, New Jersey
Crooks House, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1976
Hanselmann House, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1967
Portland Public Service Building, Portland, Oregon, 1982
Public library, San Juan Capistrano, California, 1981-1983
Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, Ohio,1984
Humana Building, Louisville, Kentucky, 1985
Ten Peachtree Place, Atlanta, Georgia, 1990
Swan and Dolphin Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida, 1990
Team Disney Building, Burbank, California, 1991
Disney's Hotel New York, Marne-la-Vallée, France, 1992
Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, 1993
1500 Ocean Drive, South Beach, Florida, 1993
Engineering Research Center, University of Cincinnati, Ohio, 1994-1995
Bryan Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1995
The Central Library in Denver-1996
Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1996
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