October 12, 1934 in Newark, New Jersey
Bachelor of Architecture degree, Cornell University, 1957
A common theme runs through Richard Meier's striking, white designs. The sleek porcelain-enameled cladding and stark glass forms have been described as "purist," "sculptural," and "Neo-Corbusian." Listed here are a few of his most significant works.
- Getty Center in Los Angeles
- City Hall and Central Library in the Hague
- Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona
- Stadthaus (Civic Exhibition and Assembly Building) in Ulm, Germany
- Hypobank Headquarters in Luxembourg
- North American Headquarters building for Swissair in Melville, New York
- Museum of Television & Radio in Los Angeles
- "We are all affected by Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, Alvar Aalto, and Mies van der Rohe. But no less than Bramante, Borromini, and Bernini. Architecture is a tradition, a long continuum. Whether we break with tradition or enhance it, we are still connected to that past. We evolve."
- "... I think white is the most wonderful color of all, because within it one can find every color of the rainbow."
- 1984: Pritzker Architecture Prize
- 1989: Royal Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects
- 1997: American Institute of Architects Gold Medal
- Numerous national AIA Honor Awards and New York AIA Design Awards