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Richard Meier, Architect of the Getty Center

b. 1934


Richard Meier

Richard Meier, Pritzker Prize-Winning Architect

Photo courtesy the Pritzker Prize Committee Modern, rectangular design of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona, Spain

MACBA (Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona) in Spain. Photo by Xavi Gomez/Cover/Getty Images, CreditCover/Getty Images

Architect Richard Meier, 2011 Whitney Museum of American Art Gala, October 5, 2011, New York City

Architect Richard Meier, 2011

Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images, ©2011 Getty Images


October 12, 1934 in Newark, New Jersey


Bachelor of Architecture degree, Cornell University, 1957

Architectural Practice:

Richard Meier & Partners Architects LLP
Offices in New York City and Los Angeles

Important Buildings:

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.

  • 1975-1979: The Atheneum, New Harmony, Indiana
  • 1980-1983: High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1986-1995: City Hall and Central Library, The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1987-1995: Museum of Contemporary Art (Museu Art Contemporani de Barcelona, MACBA), Barcelona, Spain
  • 1989-1992: Daimler-Benz Research Center, Ulm, Germany
  • 1984-1997: Getty Center, Los Angeles, California
  • 1986-1993: Stadthaus Exhibition and Assembly Building, Ulm, Germany
  • 1989-1993: Hypolux Bank Building, Luxembourg
  • 1991-1995: North American Headquarters building for Swissair, Melville, New York
  • 1994-1996: Museum of Television & Radio, Beverly Hills, CA
  • 1994-2000: United States Courthouse, Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1993-2000: United States Courthouse, Islip, Long Island
  • 1996-2003: Jubilee Church, Tor Tre Teste, Rome, Italy
  • 1999-2002: 173-176 Perry Street Condominium, New York, New York
  • 2008-2012: Tianjin Hotel, Tianjin, China
  • 2007- : Rothschild Tower, Tel Aviv, Israel


  • "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."

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Selected Awards:

  • 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

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