This is the saddest day for the architectural world. Michael Graves, the father of American Postmodernism and the man who created the touchstone of the bold, symbolic, classical architecture of the 80s and some of the most iconic design pieces of that era, passed away today at the age of 80. His impact on the world of architecture has been immense. Since founding his firm in 1964 in Princeton, Graves transformed the role of architects and designers, and even the place of design in our everyday lives. He was a member of the famed Memphis and the New York Five, an industrial designer, and an educator at the Princeton School of Architecture, where he was known as an inspiring professor who encouraged his countless students to find their unique voice. When I saw the exhibition of his drawings at the Glass House last year, I realized that Graves was first of all an artist and a wonderful one.
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