Saturday, December 5, 2009

Michael Graves Wins Education Award

Michael Graves (left), is popularly known for designed objects like his iconic teapot (right) and architecture like the Swan and Dolphin hotels at Walt Disney World (right), but he is also a leading educator in architecture and design at Princeton University. He was awarded the Topaz Medallion for Distinguished Educator by the American Institute of Architects. Graves is Princeton University’s Robert Schirmer Professor of Architecture, Emeritus.

The Board of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) named Michael Graves, FAIA, as 2010 recipient of the Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education. The AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion honors an individual who has made outstanding contributions to architecture education for at least 10 years, whose teaching has influenced a broad range of students and who has helped shape the minds of those who will shape our environment.

Graves has been teaching architectural design and theory for over four decades. During his 39 years in Princeton’s School of Architecture, from 1962 to 2001, Graves taught thousands of undergraduate and graduate architecture students and undergraduates in other disciplines. In addition, he has served as a visiting professor, given lectures, and/or participated in design juries at numerous other schools of architecture in the U.S. Graves has given over a thousand public lectures.

Graves was the 2001 recipient of the AIA Gold Medal, and has won 12 national AIA Honor awards. Over 65 AIA New Jersey awards have been collected by Graves’ firm. The New Jersey state component also established the Michael Graves Lifetime Achievement Award in his honor.

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