March 12, 2015

  Michael Graves, FAIA 
     Michael Graves, FAIA
1934 - 2015

It is with great sadness that the Access Board announces the passing of Board Member Michael Graves, FAIA from natural causes. An influential and internationally known architect and designer, he was the founding principal of Michael Graves Architecture & Design (MGA&D).

“Since founding the firm in 1964, Michael transformed the role of architects and designers, and even the place of design in our everyday lives,” MGA&D announced in a statement. “For those of us who had the opportunity to work closely with Michael, we knew him as an extraordinary designer, teacher, mentor and friend.”

Graves was the Robert Schirmer Professor of Architecture, Emeritus at Princeton University where he taught for over 40 years. President Barack Obama appointed Graves to the U.S. Access Board in 2013.

“Michael was an exceptional and influential addition to the Board,” stated David M. Capozzi, the Access Board’s Executive Director. “His creativity and design ethos were powerfully informed by his sensitivity and understanding of human nature.”

Graves was internationally recognized as a healthcare design advocate and was named one of the Top 25 Most Influential People in Healthcare Design by the Center for Health Design. He was the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the AIA Gold Medal, the National Medal of Arts from President Clinton, the Topaz Medallion from the AIA/ACSA, and the Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame. He was a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and served on the Board of Trustees of the American Academy in Rome.