Michael Graves Memorial Service

On April 12, 2015, we celebrated Michael Graves’ life and legacy in a memorial program at Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University.  The event was attended by 900 people and featured remarks from 20 speakers, including former students, Michael’s design partners, members of his family, clients, and notable friends and colleagues, each contributing particular reminiscences of Michael’s impact on teaching, art, architecture, and design. The program concluded with remarks by the only remaining members of the legendary New York Five, architectural icons Richard Meier and Peter Eisenman.  In addition to the speakers, the program included musical interludes featuring the works of artists that inspired Michael – from Mozart to Bob Dylan.  The memorial video has been organized into ten individual sections for ease of viewing.

Video

Program

Memorial contributions may be made to Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital

Memorial contributions may be made to Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Omaha, NE. One of the projects that Michael was most passionate about, he believed in Madonna’s mission and vision to rebuilding lives using world-class technology, translational research and family-like culture. The Memorials for Michael will all be used to help build the rehabilitation hospital that Michael designed and to honor him with a permanent naming opportunity. Checks can be made out to Madonna Foundation-Omaha Campus. Please visit www.madonna.org for more information about support and click here to learn more about the design project.

Michael Graves, FAIA

Michael at the groundbreaking for the Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Omaha on September 4, 2014.

Michael Graves, FAIA

1934-2015

It is with deep sadness that Michael Graves Architecture & Design (MGA&D) announces the firm’s Founding Principal Michael Graves passed away on Thursday, March 12th, 2015, suddenly and peacefully, of natural causes.  He was in his home in Princeton, New Jersey.

Since founding the firm in 1964, Michael transformed the role of architects and designers, and even the place of design in our everyday lives. For those of us who had the opportunity to work closely with Michael, we knew him as an extraordinary designer, teacher, mentor and friend.  For the countless students that he taught for more than 40 years, Michael was an inspiring professor who encouraged everyone to find their unique design voice.

Of all of his accomplishments, Michael often said that, like his own family, his proudest creation was his firm.  As we go forward in our practice, we will continue to honor Michael’s humanistic design philosophy through our commitment to creating unique design solutions that transform people’s lives.

Memorial contributions may be made to Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Omaha, NE. One of the projects that Michael was most passionate about, he believed in Madonna’s mission and vision to rebuilding lives using world-class technology, translational research and family-like culture. The Memorials for Michael will all be used to help build the rehabilitation hospital that Michael designed and to honor him with a permanent naming opportunity. Checks can be made out to Madonna Foundation-Omaha Campus. Please visit www.madonna.org for more information about support and click here to learn more about the design project.

His memorial service will be held at Princeton University on April 12.