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Michael Graves Architecture & Design News

Sep 30, 2017
Completion of Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore
Crockfords Tower and Hotel Michael Resorts World Sentosa Singapore
photo Courtesy of Michael Graves Associates
Resorts World Sentosa
completion of the first phase of their Resorts World Sentosa, a new global vacation destination combining top-flight hotels, family entertainment, fine dining, and world-class gaming on 121 acres just across Keppel Harbor from downtown Singapore.

Aug 2, 2017

Michael Graves Award

First Building by Architect Michael Graves For Sale

The Hanselmann House in Fort Wayne, Indiana, from 1971, is listed for $265,000.

The building was the first Michael Graves commission, and today remains a well-preserved example of his earlier, Modernist work before he started designing Postmodern architecture.

Originally, the three-story, single-family house was designed for the architect’s friends, Louis and Jay Hanselmann. It is listed by Keller Williams Realty for just under $265,000.

The 3,863-sqft house received an AIA National Honor Award in 1975. It is located on a corner lot in a wooded area with a stream. The interior contains a mural by the architect.

The Hanselmann House in Fort Wayne, Indiana
photo courtesy Courtesy Michael Graves Architecture & Design

The clean-lined house is based on Modernist movement principles. On completion it was featured in the book “Five Architects: Eisenman, Graves, Gwathmey, Hejduk, Meier,” first published in 1975. It also appeared in the March 1972 issue of Progressive Architecture in an article entitled “On Reading Architecture”.

The house has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and light-filled interiors. The main entrance to the three-level house is unusually located on the second floor, accessible by a staircase, and leads to an open-plan living room and a U-shaped kitchen and a dining area.
The master bedroom, a den, and a bathroom are located on the third floor, and make up a private suite. The ground floor contains three bedrooms and a playroom, which were originally designed for the client’s children.

The Hanselmann House was previously listed in 2011 for about $280,000

page updated 3 Nov 2016 with new photos ; 11 + 7 May 2015
Late Michael Graves Receives National Design Award for Lifetime Achievement

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum recognizes excellence and innovation across various platforms; winners demonstrates the far-reaching effect of design innovation.

PRINCETON, N.J. – Michael Graves (1934 – 2015), the late celebrated architect and designer and founder of Michael Graves Architecture & Design has won the National Design Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Graves is best known for broadening the role of the architect in society and raising public interest in good design as essential to the quality of everyday life. Winners will be honored during National Design Week at a Gala on Thursday, October 15 at Pier Sixty in New York.

Michael Graves architect and designer:
Michael Graves architect and designer

Architect Michael Graves, a prominent voice in architecture and design since founding his practice in 1964 has designed with his firm over 350 buildings and more than 2,000 products for clients such as Target, Alessi, Stryker, Kimberly-Clark and Disney.

Denver Library by MGA&D:
Denver Library Building by Michael Graves

Few are credited with spearheading a single design movement. Michael Graves led three. In the 1980’s he redirected the architectural conversation away from abstract modernism toward a more humanistic approach to architecture and urban planning – an approach that MGA&D still practices today. In the 1990’s, his partnership with Target defined America’s expectation that great design should be available to all. Over the past decade Michael became a passionate advocate for the disabled and used the power of design to improve healthcare experiences for patients, families and clinicians.

Fukuoka Hotel:
Fukuoka Hotel Building by Michael Graves

Michael Graves architect has received prestigious awards including the AIA Gold Medal, the National Medal of Arts from President Clinton, and the Topaz Medallion from the AIA/ACSA. Graves is the 2012 Richard H. Driehaus Prize Laureate. Michael Graves has become internationally recognized as a healthcare design advocate, with the Center for Health Design naming him one of the Top 25 Most Influential People in Healthcare Design.

In 2013, President Obama appointed Graves to the United States Access Board. The American Institute of Architects acknowledged Michael’s career with a Presidential Citation. He was the first architect inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame, and was the first recipient of the Michael Graves Lifetime Achievement Award from the AIA-NJ. Fast Company recently named MGA&D one of the 10 most innovative design firms in the world.

Egypt Hotels:
Egypt Hotel Building by Michael Graves

In 2014 MGA&D celebrated its 50th anniversary with a major exhibition at the Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ. In addition, Michael’s lifelong contributions to design were celebrated by the Architectural League with a daylong symposium at Parsons New School for Design.

Humana Building by Michael Graves

Target Kettle:
Target Kettle by Michael Graves

About Michael Graves Architecture & Design

Michael Graves Architecture & Design (MGA&D) is recognized as one of the leading design firms in the world. By looking at every design opportunity aesthetically, empathetically and economically, MGA&D achieves transformative results for their clients. Offering a full spectrum of architectural design services, MGA&D’s iconic projects span the globe. The firm’s clients include Fortune 100 firms, international developers, educational institutions, governmental agencies and non-profit organizations.

In addition, MGA&D has brought over 2,500 products to market for clients such as Target, Alessi, Stryker and Disney. With over 200 awards for design excellence, MGA&D is a unique, highly integrated multidisciplinary practice that offers strategic advantages to clients worldwide. For more information, visit www.michaelgraves.com.

Kimberly Clark:
Kimberly Clark by Michael Graves

Louwman by MGA&D:
Louwman Building in Den Haag by architect Michael Graves

About Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Founded in 1897, Cooper Hewitt is the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. On Dec. 12, 2014, Cooper Hewitt opened in the renovated and restored Carnegie Mansion, which offers 60 percent more exhibition space to showcase one of the most diverse and comprehensive collections of design works in existence. Currently on view are 10 inaugural exhibitions and installations featuring more than 700 objects throughout four floors of the mansion, many of which draw from the museum’s permanent collection of more than 210,000 objects that span 30 centuries.

For the first time in the museum’s history, the entire second floor is dedicated to showcasing the permanent collection through a variety of exhibitions. Visitors can experience a full range of new interactive capabilities, including the opportunity to explore the collection digitally on ultra-high-definition touch-screen tables, draw their own designs in the Immersion Room and solve real-world design problems in the Process Lab.

Cooper Hewitt is located at 2 East 91st Street at Fifth Avenue in New York City. Hours are Sunday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The new Tarallucci e Vino café is open daily at 8 a.m. The Arthur Ross Terrace & Garden, currently under renovation, opens in summer 2015 and will be accessible without an admissions ticket through the new East 90th Street entrance.

The museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Public transit routes include the Lexington Avenue 4, 5 and 6 subways (86th or 96th Street stations) and the Fifth and Madison Avenue buses. Adult admission, $18; seniors, $12; students, $9. Cooper Hewitt members and children younger than age 18 are admitted free. Pay What You Wish every Saturday, 6 to 9 p.m. The museum is fully accessible.

Stryker Medical:
Stryker Medical by Michael Graves

JCP by Michael Graves

For further information, call (212) 849-8400, visit Cooper Hewitt’s website
at www.cooperhewitt.org and follow the museum on
www.twitter.com/cooperhewitt, www.facebook.com/cooperhewitt and www.instagram.com /cooperhewitt.

27 Apr 2015

Michael Graves Architecture & Design

Don Bosco Prep, New Jersey, by Michael Graves Architecture & Design

Don Bosco Prep, New Jersey

Desiring to expand and update their facilities to meet changing educational pedagogy, Don Bosco Prep, a private Catholic college preparatory high school for young men, grades 9 through 12, has commissioned MGA&D to prepare a campus master plan and design a multiphase renovation and expansion of their campus facilities:

Campus at Don Bosco Prep

12 Mar 2015

Michael Graves

Michael Graves Architect
Michael Graves died at the age of 80.

July 9, 1934 – March 12, 2015

Winner of the Presidential Medal of the Arts in 1999 and the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal in 2001.

Portland Building, Oregon, USA:
Portland Building by Michael Graves

Michael Graves (July 9, 1934 – March 12, 2015) 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 the Denver Public Library.”

22 Sep 2014

Michael Graves Talk

Michael Graves visits Portland to discuss his Portland Building

Michael Graves Live: A Conversation About Recent Designs, Change, and the Future of the Portland Building

PORTLAND, Oregon – September, 2014 – Alessi teapots, Target clocks, Disney Dolphin Hotels and the
Washington Monument restoration—Michael Graves has influenced a generation of American design with a breadth few architects in history have matched. But it was the cream, salmon and blue-colored Portland Building, published on a 1982 cover of Time magazine, that first introduced Graves and the architectural movement of postmodernism to the wider world.

Arguably Portland’s most demonstrative contribution to architectural history, the Portland Building also has been an equally notorious problem: long-loathed by city employees who work inside and plagued with structural problems and leaks. The City of Portland is pondering the landmark’s future. Who better to ask what should happen than its designer?

The University of Oregon’s John Yeon Center and the Portland Art Museum are pleased to present, “Michael Graves Live” at 7 p.m., on Thursday, October 9 at the museum’s Fields Ballroom. Tickets to the event may be purchased online at http://tiny.cc/kcmemx. The event takes place during Design Week Portland, a weeklong series of interactive events, installations and conversations showcasing the evolving state of design in Portland.

In a live, on-stage chat with journalist and Yeon Center director Randy Gragg, Graves will explore two
topics: 1) his career’s evolution since the Portland Building, and, in particular, since an infection rendered him a quadraplegic in 2003 inspiring a turn to designing everything from wheelchairs to housing for disabled veterans; and 2) what of the Portland Building should be preserved and what might change during its upcoming renovation.

Completed in 1981, the Portland Building became an instant icon of the Postmodernist break from the
cookie-cutter corporate modernism that had come to dominate architecture, particularly in public buildings.

It was successfully listed on the National Historic Register in 2012. Yet built for less than a common
commercial office building of the era, the cut-rate budget led to dreary interiors and devastating leaks. After considering several options for the Portland Building—among them demolishing it, the City of Portland will soon solicit proposals from developers, architects and contractors for a remodel.

Few architects might understand the need for adaption better than Graves, now 80, winner of the Presidential Medal of the Arts in 1999 and the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal in 2001. Ignoring what he thought to be a minor sinus problem in 2003, he woke up to find himself paralyzed from the chest down by an infection that had invaded his brain and spine. But soon after, Graves turned to designing different tools and surroundings for those living with disabilities, from the Prime TC, a replacement for the traditional hospital wheelchair, to the “Michael Graves Active Living Collection,” which includes showerheads, collapsible canes, walkers, and bath seats.

The University of Oregon’s John Yeon Center is devoted inspiring rigorous thinking and public dialog about design and conservation through public discussions and with the preservation and programming of the Watzek House, The Shire, and the Cottrell House.

4 Sep 2014

Michael Graves News

Michael Graves Retrospective Exhibition

Michael Graves Retrospective Exhibition

Internationally Renowned Architect and Designer Michael Graves
Honored with Retrospective Exhibition at Grounds For Sculpture

On view October 18, 2014 – April 5, 2015

On October 18, 2014, Grounds For Sculpture will open its Fall/Winter exhibition season, headlined with a remarkable installation of work by internationally acclaimed artist and architect, Michael Graves. The exhibition, entitled Past as Prologue, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Graves’ design firm and its five decades of visionary work. The exhibition will feature a tour through seminal architecture and product design projects, and will display some of Graves’ original works of art, including sculpture and paintings. It will reflect the evolution of Mr. Graves’ core design principles and how the past influences the present, setting the stage for the future.

10 Jul 2012

Recent Major MGA Building

Maritime Xperiential Museum, Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore
Michael Graves & Associates
Maritime Xperiential Museum
photo Courtesy of Michael Graves Associates
Maritime Xperiential Museum
International architects and designers, Michael Graves & Associates (MGA) announce the completion of the Maritime Xperiential Museum (MXM) at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) in Singapore. The project, lead by MGA Studio head Patrick Burke, marks another phase in RWS’s development. MGA completed Phase 1 in February of 2011, a $4 billion project, which included top-flight hotels, family entertainment, fine dining, and world-class gaming on 121 acres just across Keppel Harbor from downtown Singapore.

28 Feb 2012

Michael Graves Unveils Innovative New Homes for Wounded Warriors Returning from Active Duty

Graves’ personal insight into the needs of those with limited mobility and passion for design elegance contributed to project

Wounded Warrior Home by Michael Graves Architect

PRINCETON, N.J. – International architects and designers Michael Graves & Associates (MGA) with Clark Realty Capital recently unveiled two new universally accessible homes designed as part of the Wounded Warrior Home Project at Fort Belvoir. The 3,000-square-foot single-family residences, the Patriot Home and the Freedom Home, are intended to better serve wounded soldiers and their families as they remain on active duty at Fort Belvoir, in Virginia.

The new homes will serve as prototypes for approximately twenty other accessible homes at Fort Belvoir and hundreds more across the country. In addition, each house will function as a design laboratory, whose progress will improve the lives of soldiers, as well as the general aging American population.

Wounded Warrior Home Project at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, USA – design by Michael Graves & Associates:
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“It has been an honor for me and my team to work on these homes with Clark Realty Capital and the Army,” said Michael Graves, principal at Michael Graves & Associates. “As a paraplegic myself, I was inspired to rethink how the design of comfortable, well-functioning living spaces could better meet the unique needs of our wounded military. Looking at these homes, you would never know that they are designed for the disabled. These are homes that anyone would be proud to live in. That was the goal we set, and I think we’ve achieved that and more.”

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In conjunction with real estate developers Clark Realty, MGA has designed a complete residential environment for physically impaired veterans: from the adjustable-height kitchen countertops to easy-access rooms and closets. The design of these prototypes provides for the needs of a varied group of soldiers who have been injured and/or adversely affected by their military service.

Universal design principles are utilized to serve soldiers with varying conditions including but not limited to paralysis, blindness, loss of limbs, and/or post-traumatic stress disorder. In addition, each house will function as a design laboratory, whose progress will improve the lives of soldiers, as well as the general aging American population.

Wounded Warrior Home Project Fort Belvoir
picture from architects

MGA brings to the project it’s 47 years of product and building design. Extensive in-studio research insures that every sliding door, toothbrush, and Smartphone-controlled air conditioner in the Wounded Warrior Homes works the way it’s supposed to. At the same, Graves’ original visual sensibility gives the houses and everything in them an elegance and style usually missing in the patient-care space.

The architecture and design of the homes demonstrates a unique insight into the lives of those with limited mobility because it was created by someone who knows the challenges that people with special needs have to face. Graves struggled with them for eight years, and much of his recent work has been devoted to designing better everyday products that are as beautiful as they are easy to use.

About Clark Realty Capital

A fully integrated, national real estate firm based in Arlington, Va., Clark Realty Capital offers a broad base of services including capital markets, finance, development, construction, property management, and investment management. Clark’s development expertise spans award-winning residential, office, retail, and mixed-use projects with a total development value of over $6.5 billion. Clark Realty Capital is an affiliate of the Clark Construction Group, the nation’s oldest and largest privately-held general building contractor in the nation. For more information, visit www.clarkrealtycapital.com.

13 Dec 2011

Richard H. Driehaus Prize

Established in 2003, the Richard H. Driehaus Prize honors, promotes and encourages architectural excellence that applies the principles of traditional, classical and sustainable architecture and urbanism in contemporary society and environments. It is presented annually by the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture to an outstanding architect in recognition of their work.

Michael Graves, founding principal of Michael Graves and Associates, 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. He received a B.S. in Architecture at the University of Cincinnati and a M.Arch.

At Harvard University. Michael Graves won the Rome Prize in 1960 and was a fellow at the American Academy in Rome from 1960-1962. His firm is built on the belief that architecture is inextricably tied to use, place, client aspirations, and cultural traditions.

Michael Graves has worked on large-scale master plans, corporate headquarters and other office buildings, hotels and resorts, restaurants and retail stores, facilities for sports and recreation, healthcare facilities, civic projects such as embassies, courthouses and monuments, a wide variety of university buildings, elementary and secondary schools, museums, theaters and public libraries, and both multifamily and private residences.

Michael Graves : Richard H. Driehaus Prize winner in 2011

20 Jul 2010

Michael Graves – Key Design

Michael Graves Resorts World Sentosa Singapore
Design: Michael Graves & Associates ; Michael Graves Design Group
Resorts World Sentosa Singapore
picture from architects
Resorts World Sentosa

Michael Graves – Key Projects

Featured Buildings, alphabetical:

O’Reilly Theater and Agnes R. Katz Plaza, 621 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Public Services Building, Portland, Oregon, USA
Famous Postmodern Architecture, key early PoMo work

University of Cincinnati – Engineering Research Center, West Campus, Cincinnati, USA
Michael Graves & Associates with KZF associated architects

More projects by Michael Graves Architect online soon

Location: New Jersey, USA

US Architects Practice Information

Michael Graves & Associates Offices in New Jersey + New York City, USA

New York Architects Offices

About Michael Graves & Associates

Michael Graves & Associates has been in the forefront of architecture and design since AIA Gold Medalist Michael Graves founded his practice in 1964. Today, the practice comprises two firms run by eight principals. Michael Graves & Associates (MGA) provides planning, architecture and interior design services, and Michael Graves Design Group (MGDG) specializes in product design, graphics and branding.

MGA has designed many master plans and the architecture and interiors of over 350 buildings worldwide, including hotels and resorts, restaurants, retail stores, civic and cultural projects, office buildings, healthcare, residences and a wide variety of academic facilities. MGDG has designed and brought to market over 2,000 products for clients such as Target, Alessi, Stryker and Disney. Graves and the firms have received over 200 awards for design excellence. With a unique, highly integrated multidisciplinary practice, the Michael Graves Companies offer strategic advantages to clients worldwide.

Michael Graves – Background

In 1962, Michael Graves began a 39-year teaching career at Princeton University, where he is now the Robert Schirmer Professor of Architecture, Emeritus. Michael Graves has also received 12 honorarydoctorates from the Universities of Philadelphia, Miami, Colorado, and Cincinnati, as well as from the Pratt Institute, International Fine Arts College, the New Jersey Institute of Technology,Rhode Island School of Design, Drexel Univer-sity, Rutgers University, Boston University andSavannah College of Art.

Michael Graves is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects, a member of the American Academyof Arts and Letters, and a member of the Boardof Trustees at the American Academy in Rome, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, and the New York School of Interior Design. His selected professorships include, in addition to his career at Princeton, the University of Texas at Austin, UCLA, University of Houston, Univer-sity of North Carolina at Charlotte, Architect in Residence at the American Academy in Rome(1979), Kea Visiting Distinguished Professor at the University of Maryland, and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia.

The American Academy in Rome has established the Michael Graves Rome Prize Fellowship in Design in his honor and the AIA-New Jersey chaptercreated the Michael Graves Lifetime Achievement Award, of which he was the first recipient in 2005. Michael Graves was awarded the 1999 National Medalof Arts, the 2001 Gold Medal from the AIA, and the 2010 Topaz Medallion from the AIA and the Associa-tion of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.

Michael Graves is a registered architect in 34 states and Washington, D.C., and a number of portfolios ofhis works have been published by Oxford University Press, Rizzoli, Princeton Architectural Press, Chronicle Books Books, and Melcher Media.

American Architecture

New York Architecture

New York Whites or New York Five
Richard Meier
Peter Eisenman
Michael Graves
Charles Gwathmey
John Hejduk

New York Five – Museum of Modern Art exhibition 1969
Five Architects book – 1972

Richard Meier

Peter Eisenman

American Architects

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Michael Graves & Associates – Website: www.michaelgraves.com