Michael Graves

Michael Graves ( born July 9, 1934 in Indianapolis, Indiana ) is an American architect.


Graves studied from 1954 at the University of Cincinnati architecture and four years later received a Bachelor of Architecture. From 1958 to 1959 Graves joined a master's degree at Harvard. He could join 1960-1962 post-graduate studies in Rome by winning the Prix de Rome from the American Academy in Rome.

After his return to America he got a job as a lecturer at Princeton University, where he still works as a professor. Many guest professorships he perceived among others in Eugene, Oregon, Austin and Houston. In 1964, Graves founded his own architectural office in Princeton. In the 1970s, Graves was counted to the New York Five, a group of New York architect whose work was proclaimed in 1969 on a much-publicized conference at the MOMA in summary for a new style. He was awarded the Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects in 2001. Graves, father of 4 children, lives and works in Princeton.


Graves was first known for his designs magnificent private homes, he took the ideas thereby from Le Corbusier. Its design was based on Cubism and the early 1980s was marked by color effects. Graves was similar to building structure such as the human body. After his presentation, all buildings should have legs, body and head. In order to achieve this goal is Graves concentrated in his designs increasingly rely on high-rise buildings.

In the late 1980s Graves takes a radical change of style. Henceforth, he breaks away from the strict and clear division of its buildings and uses animal forms as design elements.

Michael Graves has designed a large number of everyday objects, kettle, spice grinders and dishes as well as armchairs and chairs, as well as bathroom furniture and sanitary objects that have become widely known.

Famous Works of Graves are (selection):

  • Humana Building, Louisville, Kentucky ( 1985)
  • Hotel New York, Disneyland Resort Paris, France ( 1989)
  • NTT Headquarters, Tokyo, Japan ( 1991)
  • Marne -la -Vallee, France ( 1992)
  • Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis (2006)