Architect; Fellow, The American Institute of Architects
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Michael Graves is the founding partner, Michael Graves and Associates and Michael Graves Design Group, and a fellow of the American Institute of Architects and the Robert Schirmer professor of architecture, emeritus at Princeton University. Cited in The New York Times as "the most truly original voice American architecture has produced in some time," Graves has received many prestigious awards, including the 2010 Topaz Medallion from the American Institute of Architects and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, the 2001 Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects, and the 1999 National Medal of Arts. 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. 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.
Acclaimed architect Michael Graves recalls his move to designing medical devices and facilities after an illness left him partially paralyzed. Examining the clutter of a typical hospital room setting, Graves sighs, "This is the 21st century. We can do better than this."