Richard Meier

About Richard Meier

Who is it?: Architect & Abstract Artist
Birth Day: October 12, 1934
Birth Place: Newark, New Jersey, U.S., United States
Alma mater: Cornell University
Occupation: Architect
Awards: Pritzker Prize (1984) AIA Gold Medal (1997)
Practice: Richard Meier & Partners
Buildings: Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art City Hall and Central Library, The Hague Getty Center, Los Angeles

Richard Meier

Richard Meier was born on October 12, 1934 in Newark, New Jersey, U.S., United States, is Architect & Abstract Artist. Richard Alan Meier is an American architect whose work of architecture is noted for its geometric patterns, rich spatial exposures with emphasis on light and a dominance of the use of white colour that gives the structures a pristine look. His works exemplify his variations and refinements on the principles of classic modernist architecture. The white sculptural pieces that he created initiated a new language of designs in the1980s. He is the preeminent figure of the ‘New York Five’, a group of five architects of New York City that include Charles Gwathmey, John Hejduk, Peter Eisenman and Michael Graves. One of his earlier works that received critical acclaim was the ‘Smith House’ in Darien, Connecticut and later he drew attention for his spectacular work of ‘Douglas House’. His successful endeavours in building private residences earned him several commissions like the ‘the Museum of Decorative Arts’ in Frankfurt, Germany; the ‘Museum of Contemporary Art’ in Barcelona, Spain; ‘Atheneum’ in New Harmony, Indiana, US and ‘Getty Center’ in Los Angeles, California. He has received several awards from various architectural associations including many from the ‘American Institutes of Architects’ (AIA).
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Popular As Richard Meier
Occupation Architects
Age 89 years old
Zodiac Sign Scorpio
Born October 12, 1934 (Newark, New Jersey, U.S., United States)
Birthday October 12
Town/City Newark, New Jersey, U.S., United States
Nationality United States

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Paying tribute Meier on the occasion of his firm's 50th anniversary, the Fondazione Bisazza presented the exhibition 'Richard Meier: Architecture and Design' in Vicenza, Italy.


Meier was born to a Jewish family, the oldest of three sons of Carolyn (Kaltenbacher) and Jerome Meier, a wholesale wine and liquor salesman, in Newark, New Jersey. He grew up in nearby Maplewood, where he attended Columbia High School. He earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University in 1957.


In New York City, Meier worked for Skidmore, Owings and Merrill briefly in 1959, and then for Marcel Breuer for three years, prior to starting his own practice in 1963. In 1972, he was identified as one of The New York Five, a group of modernist architects: Meier, Peter Eisenman, Michael Graves, Charles Gwathmey, and John Hejduk. Early in his career, Meier worked with artists such as Painter Frank Stella and favored structures that were white and geometric.


Meier first gained significant recognition for his designs of various residences in addition to The Atheneum in New Harmony, Indiana (1979) and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia (1983).


In 1984, Meier was awarded the Pritzker Prize. The jury citation declared that Meier has "created structures which are personal, vigorous, original." In 2008, he won the gold medal in architecture from the Academy of Arts and Letters and his work Jesolo Lido Village was awarded the Dedalo Minosse International Prize for commissioning a building. Meier is a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council. He was awarded the AIA Gold Medal in 1997. In 2013 Richard Meier was awarded the A+ Lifetime Achievement Award In 2010, Cornell established a new professorship named for Meier.


Though Meier was an acclaimed Architect for many years, his design of the Getty Center, a massive museum complex in Los Angeles, California, which opened in 1997, catapulted his popularity into the mainstream. Some of his other notable commissions include museums such as the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art in Spain (1995) and the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, California (1996); city halls in The Hague, The Netherlands (1995) and San Jose City Hall (2007); commercial buildings including the reconstruction of City Tower in Prague, Czech Republic (2008); and residential buildings such as 173 and 176 Perry Street in the West Village of Manhattan (2002) and Meier on Rothschild in Tel Aviv, Israel (2015).


In 2014, Meier opened a 15,000-square-foot exhibition space museum at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City. The space gathers much of his life’s work under one roof, and replaces a much smaller version that opened in 2007 in Long Island City, Queens, and that until 2013 was open only by appointment to students and tour groups. The new venue provides room to show his own sculptures, architectural drawings and collages for the first time, and is planned to include a research library.


On March 13, 2018,The New York Times detailed allegations from five women that Meier had sexually harassed or assaulted them. Meier responded by saying he would take a leave of six months from his firm. In response to the allegations and Meier's apology his alma mater Cornell University has declined his intended endowment of the institution and a review of his previous donations. On April 6, 2018, an additional four women who formerly worked at Meier's architecture firm came came forward with allegations against him. The most recent allegations dated to 2009.


The Mayor of Rome Gianni Alemanno included in his campaign platform a promise to tear down the big travertine wall of Meier's Ara Pacis. Mayor Alemmano has since changed his stance on the building and has agreed with Meier to modifications including drastically reducing the height of the wall between an open-air space outside the museum and a busy road along the Tiber river. The city plans to build a wide pedestrian area along the river and run the road underneath it. "It's an improvement," says Meier, adding that "the reason that wall was there has to do with traffic and noise. Once that is eliminated, the idea of opening the piazza to the river is a good one." The mayor’s office said Alemanno hopes to complete the project before the end of his term in 2013.

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