Postmodern master Michael Graves receives award


US architect Michael Graves, one of the top exponents of postmodernism, has picked up the annual Richard H. Driehaus Prize.

Born in 1934, Graves is most famous for the seminal Portland Building in Oregon, completed in 1982. 

His Middle East work includes several buildings in Egypt and Lebanon, including the Steigenberger Hotel in El Gouna, Egypt.

He was part of the ‘New York Five’,  a group of  New York City architects (Graves, Peter Eisenman, Charles Gwathmey, John Hejduk and Richard Meier) whose work appeared in a Museum of Modern Art exhibition in 1967.

In 2003, an infection of unknown origin left Graves paralyased from the waist down. He is still actively working in his practice, Michael Graves & Associates.

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