Our story started here

Important milestones in Michael’s and our firm’s history


Architecture School


Received undergraduate degree from the University of Cincinnati’s School of Architecture


Received graduate degree from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design




Fellow, American Academy in Rome

Michael often said that it was in Rome that he learned the nouns and verbs of architectural language   

Princeton, New Jersey


Moved to Princeton, NJ to teach at Princeton University’s School of Architecture (had a 39-yr career at PU [1962-2001] as the Robert Schirmer Professor of Architecture, became Emeritus upon retirement)


Passed the NJ Architecture Registration Exam and established his architecture & design practice in Princeton in July 1964


The Warehouse – Michael’s Residence

1974 +/-

Purchased an abandoned warehouse at 44 Patton Avenue in Princeton and converted it to his residence, naming it The Warehouse. He continually renovated years through the ensuing decades. It is now owned by Kean University.


341 Nassau Street


The Michael Graves & Associates firm moved to 341 Nassau Street, which remains its headquarters


Graves Design Studio Store


Opened the Graves Design Studio Store adjacent to the product design studios at 338 Nassau Street, across the street from the Princeton HQ (no longer open)


1999 – National Medal of Arts


Sudden Complication

February 2003

Suddenly struck with mysterious complications from a sinus infection that left Michael paralyzed from the chest down and wheelchair-bound for the remainder of his life


2001 – AIA Gold Medal

2004 – The Michael Graves Rome Prize Fellowship established    

2005 – AIA NJ Michael Graves Lifetime Achievement Award established and awarded to Graves



2010 – AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion for teaching career

2010 – Inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame

2012 – Richard H. Driehaus Prize Laureate

2013 – Named to the U.S. Access Board for Architecture & Transportation

Michael Graves College


Kean University creates the Michael Graves College of Architecture & Design in Union, NJ based on the architecture curriculum that Michael developed

Wenzhou-Kean University in Wenzhou, China creates the Michael Graves College of Architecture using the same curriculum he developed for the US

Career Retrospective

October 2014 – April 2015

“Past as Prologue: The History and Future of Michael Graves Architecture & Design,” 50-year anniversary and career retrospective exhibit at the Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ

Michael's Passing

March 12, 2015

Michael passes away in Princeton, NJ at his home, The Warehouse


Legacy Projects

A collection of Michael's classics, that have shaped skylines and challenged design.