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Michael Graves

Architect Michael Graves
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Profession: Architect

United States of America

Biography: Michael Graves was a prolific American architect and designer and one of the leading proponents of the postmodernist style.

Early on his career Graves became known as one of the 'New York Five', a group of architects who moved away from the modernist style.

Developing what became as the postmodern style, Graves designed some of the first buildings in this new style including the Portland Building in Portland (1982) and the Humana Building (1985) in Louisville.

Graves was also a well known as a product designer. Working for the Italian company Alessi, he designed their bestselling teakettle. Graves also went on to design for Target and J. C Penney.

Born: July 9, 1934
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Cancer

Died: March 12, 2015 (aged 80)

Historical Events

  • 1982-10-02 The Portland Building, designed by Michael Graves, considered the 1st postmodern building is opened in Portland Oregon

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