Michael Graves, known for his architectural and design work emphasizing postmodernism, died today, at the age of 80, as reported by his architecture firm.
During the 1970’s, he first came to fame through his work with the New York Five, designing modernist buildings. But he later came to typify postmodern architecture, with his work on the Portland Building in Oregon and the wonderfully dwarf decorated Disney building. His recent work included a large scale theme part and hotel complex in Singapore.
Winner of the American Institute of Architecture Gold Medal, and the National Medal of the arts, Graves was perhaps best known in America for his design work with the Target, designed to bring affordable design to a mass market; he also designed several buildings for the company.
MGA&D recently celebrated its 50th anniversary with a major exhibition at the Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ, which is on view until April 5. In addition, Graves' contribution to design was celebrated by the Architectural League with a day-long symposium at Parsons New School for Design. The American Institute of Architects acknowledged Graves' career with a Presidential Citation.
Plans for a public memorial that will be held in Princeton will be announced in the near future.