Virginia Center for Architecture, Richmond VA
January 17 – March 31, 2013
2501 Monument Avenue, Richmond, Virginia
+1 804-644-3041

Michael Graves has been credited with broadening the role of the architect in America. He and his two firms promote good design for all, at scales that range from towers to teakettles and in disciplines that range from master planning, architecture and interior design to product design and graphics. This exhibition at the Virginia Center for Architecture tells the story of the breadth of Graves’ work, including architecture, furniture and consumer products, along with Graves’ own artwork. Among the featured projects is Resorts World Sentosa, a recently completed 3.5 million-square-foot resort in Singapore designed top to bottom by the Graves firms, including Hotel Michael, named for the architect himself. Other projects include the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Virginia, St. Coletta School of Greater Washington, and the U.S. Courthouse in Washington, D.C. Furniture and products will be represented by iconic pieces from the 1980s as well as current work.

Largely credited with the “democratization of design” through his partnership with Target, Graves is among the most widely recognized contemporary architects in the country. Michael Graves and his firms have received over 200 awards for design excellence. In 2001, the American Institute of Architects awarded Michael Graves its Gold Medal, the highest award bestowed upon an individual architect. He also received the 1999 National Medal of Arts from President Bill Clinton.