8 Jan 2013
Richard Meier & Partners - 50 Years
e-architect salute this prolific and hugely talented architect. Richard Meier posesses a remarkable gift for architecture, endlessly creating and mastering. His buildings have depth and longevity. He has taken Le Corbusier's formal articulation and given it a sense of lightness and joy. The work stands as an antidote to much of the captivating but ultimately shallow froth of the new generation. Architects around the world could do worse than look again at this master's work.
Richard Meier Portrait - 56 East 53rd Street Office:
photograph © Richard Meier & Partners
I first came across Richard Meier as a young teenager. I admired the way he articulatd his buildings and he became a firm favourite alongside Aalto, Lutyens and Leiviska. The key work for me was the Smith House from 1967. One could argue that he had taken the work of Le Corbusier and emascualted it, removed the tension and the mistakes (no massive city proposals for instance, no brutal concrete phase). But I would prefer to see it as taking a master and reinventing it for a new era. I viewed it as perfecting the language which Le Corbusier et al had developed. It was lighter, sharper and with a little more colour and energy.
The Smith House, Connecticut, USA, 1967:
photograph © Scott Frances
Another aspect I admired of his work was the delightful relationship with landscape. Walls would slide out of a house and taper into the landscape for example. For me this was a clear connection back to Mies van der Rohe's houses (esp. the Brick Wall house, aka Brick Country House Project, 1923). Probably the most successful example would be the Douglas House (1973), nestled harmoniously into the woods over Lake Michigan.
Richard Meier Portrait - 136 East 57th Street Office:
photograph © Richard Meier & Partners
Richard Meier & Partners Architects is without doubt one of the key architecture practices of the last 100 years. You could argue that they are from the Old School, their rectilinear style and motifs connecting back to the International Style. Well there is nothing wrong with that, the practice help balance the field which at the other end of the scales gives us fashionable organic architecture. congratulations to Richard Meier and his team.
Richard Meier Portrait - at the Smith House in 1967:
photograph © Richard Meier & Partners
Adrian Welch, architect and editor of e-architect, 8 Jan 2013.
RICHARD MEIER CELEBRATES FIFTY YEARS OF ARCHITECTURE
New York, January 7th, 2013 – Richard Meier & Partners Architects is pleased to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Richard Meier’s prolific architecture career.
In recognition of his contributions to architecture and in collaboration with very distinguished institutions, Richard Meier & Partners will be organizing several projects and events to honor this very significant anniversary. Currently on display at the Arp Museum Richard Meier: Building as Art is open to the general public, and the exhibition illustrates Meier’s complex design process using prominent buildings and projects from his entire work history.
Richard Meier Portrait - 475 10th Avenue Office:
photograph © Richard Phibbs
In addition to the exhibition in Germany, and later in the summer, Richard Meier will be giving a series of lectures in Los Angeles, New York City and in Italy talking about some of the iconic, recent and current projects.
Richard Meier has over the years developed his own distinctive and dynamic style of architecture to become one of America's most influential and widely emulated architects. His work celebrates natural light and space in response to the environs in which it stands, thereby creating sublime spaces of aesthetic illumination and enlightened cultural values.
Richard Meier & Partners Architects - The Getty Center, California, USA:
photograph © Scott Frances
Michael Palladino, Associate Partner, comments: “As Richard Meier’s partner for twenty-five years, I have been extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to make a contribution to an extraordinary body of work. As the palette of materials has evolved, each design is site-specific and is defined by a commitment to clarity of idea, and to a highly crafted architecture that reflects the technology of our time.”
Richard Meier received his architectural training at Cornell University and established his own office in New York in 1963. His practice has included major civic commissions in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia, including courthouses and city halls, museums, corporate headquarters, and housing and private residences. Among his most well-known projects are The Getty Center in Los Angeles; the Jubilee Church in Rome, Italy; the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia; Perry and Charles Street Condominiums in New York, New York; the Canal+ Television Headquarters in Paris, France; and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona, Spain.
Richard Meier & Partners Architects - The Jubilee Church, Rome, Italy
photo : Scott Frances-ESTO
In 1984, Mr. Meier was awarded the Pritzker Prize for Architecture, considered the field’s highest honor. In the same year, he was selected architect for the prestigious commission to design The Getty Center in Los Angeles, which was opened to popular and critical acclaim in December 1997. Among the projects recently completed by Richard Meier & Partners are the Italcementi i.lab in Italy; the OCT Shenzhen Clubhouse; the Arp Museum in Germany; the Ara Pacis Museum in Rome; the Broad Art Center at UCLA; the San Jose City Hall; and the United States Federal Courthouse in San Diego. Projects currently under construction include the Leblon Offices in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; a condominium complex in Jesolo, Italy; a residential tower in Tel Aviv, Israel; two residential towers in Taiwan, residential projects in Japan and Singapore, a hotel resort in South Korea; a Master Plan in downtown Newark, New Jersey; and residences in Bodrum, Turkey.
In 1997, Richard Meier received the AIA Gold Medal, the highest award from the American Institute of Architects, and, in the same year, the Praemium Imperiale from the Japanese government in recognition of lifetime achievement in the arts. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects and the American Institute of Architects, and he received a Medal of Honor from the New York Chapter of the AIA in 1980 and a Gold Medal from the Los Angeles Chapter in 1998. His numerous awards include thirty National AIA Honor Awards and over fifty regional AIA Design Awards. In 1989, Richard Meier received the Royal Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects. In 1992, the French Government honored him as a Commander of Arts and Letters, and in 1995 he was elected Fellow to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, the American Academy in Rome and the American Academy of Arts and Letters from which he received the Gold Medal for Architecture in 2008. He has received honorary degrees from the University of Naples, New Jersey Institute of Technology, The New School for Social Research, Pratt Institute, the University of Bucharest, and North Carolina State University.
Richard Meier comments:
To be an architect has been a life-long dream. Little did I know when asked at the age of 14 “what do you want to do when you grow up?” I said I wanted to be an architect. After 50 years I am still learning all what that means. Working together with so many people has been enormously gratifying. Being an architect means being a member of a fantastic team.
About The Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck
Designed by Richard Meier & Partners Architects, the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck is one of the leading cultural institutions in Europe with the objective to promote international contemporary art, enhancing Europe´s visual arts knowledge. For more information on the museum, please visit http://www.arpmuseum.org/
Richard Meier : main page on the practice with project information + images
Hans Arp Museum, Bahnhof Rolandsdeck, nr Cologne, Germany
photo : Roland Halbe
Richard Meier - Hans Arp Museum
Richard Meier & Partners Biographies
Richard Meier, FAIA, FRIBA
Richard Meier received his architectural training at Cornell University and established his own office in New York in 1963. His practice has included major civic commissions in the United States, Europe, and Asia, including courthouses and city halls, museums, corporate headquarters, and housing and private residences. Among his most well-known projects are The Getty Center in Los Angeles; the Jubilee Church in Rome, Italy; the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia; the Museum for the Decorative Arts in Frankfurt, Germany; the Canal+ Television Headquarters in Paris, France; and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona, Spain.
In 1984, Mr. Meier was awarded the Pritzker Prize for Architecture, considered the field's highest honor. In the same year, he was selected architect for the prestigious commission to design The Getty Center in Los Angeles, which was opened to popular and critical acclaim in December 1997. Among the projects recently completed by Richard Meier & Partners are the Arp Museum in Germany; the Ara Pacis Museum in Rome; the Burda Collection Museum in Baden-Baden, Germany; the Broad Art Center at UCLA; the San Jose City Hall; 173/176 Perry Street and 165 Charles Street in New York City; and United States Federal Courthouses in Islip, New York, and Phoenix, Arizona; and Weill Hall, the Life Sciences Technology Building at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Projects currently under construction include the Italcementi ITC Lab in Bergamo, Italy; a residential tower in Tel Aviv, Israel; the St. Denis office complex in Paris, and the SoMa Newark Master Plan.
In 1997, Richard Meier received the AIA Gold Medal, the highest award from the American Institute of Architects, and, in the same year, the Praemium Imperiale from the Japanese government in recognition of lifetime achievement in the arts. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects and the American Institute of Architects, and he received a Medal of Honor from the New York Chapter of the AIA in 1980 and a Gold Medal from the Los Angeles Chapter in 1998. His numerous awards include thirty National AIA Honor Awards and over fifty regional AIA Design Awards. In 1989, Richard Meier received the Royal Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects. In 1992, the French Government honored him as a Commander of Arts and Letters, and in 1995 he was elected Fellow to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2009 he received the President's Medal from the Architectural League of New York. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, the American Academy in Rome and the American Academy of Arts and Letters from which he received the Gold Medal for Architecture in 2008. He has received honorary degrees from the University of Naples, New Jersey Institute of Technology, The New School for Social Research, Pratt Institute, the University of Bucharest, and North Carolina State University.
Bernhard Karpf, AIA
Bernhard Karpf was named an Associate Partner in 2001, having been with Richard Meier & Partners since 1988. As a highly valued member of senior management, he is called upon to lead many of the firm's efforts both in Europe and the United States. He was the Design Partner for the Burda Collection Museum in Baden-Baden Germany which opened to critical acclaim in October 2004. Mr. Karpf is currently overseeing the design and construction of the International Coffee Plaza, a high-end office complex in Hamburg, a private residence in Luxembourg, and the Jesolo Lido Hotel and Condominium complex in Italy.
Mr. Karpf has lent his design and management expertise to numerous other projects such as the165 Charles Street apartments in New York City; two department stores for Peek & Cloppenberg in Germany; the Hans Arp Museum in Rolandseck, Germany; the Rickmers Headquarters and subsequently the Rickmers Residence, both in Hamburg, Germany, and the Euregio Basel Office Building in Switzerland. He also collaborated on the design and development of several other projects including the Canal+ Headquarters in Paris, France; and the Siemens Corporate Headquarters in Munich, Germany.
Mr. Karpf studied architecture and literature at the University of Stuttgart, Germany, the ETH Zürich, Switzerland and the Technical University Darmstadt, Germany where he received his diploma. After being awarded a Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) fellowship in 1986 he continued his education towards a Masters of Architecture degree at the Urban Design Studio at Cornell University in 1988. He is a licensed architect in New York State and in Germany and is a member of the AIA.
Dukho Yeon, AIA
Mr. Yeon was named Associate Partner in 2005. During his sixteen years at the firm, he has served as a principal designer, managing and directing teams on projects ranging from houses to museums, high-rise buildings and urban design.
Mr. Yeon's rigorous design process has yielded a rich array of acclaimed work. His contribution to the firm's creative portfolio spans across the globe; and he is currently the Partner in charge of projects in Prague, Bergamo, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Tokyo, Mexico, the Caribbean and Newark.
Mr. Yeon received his Master of Architecture from Harvard University in 1989 and holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University. He received the highest honors and recognition from both universities. He has been a visiting critic and juror at Cornell University, Columbia University, Harvard University, and the City College of New York. He is a registered architect in New York State and a member of the American Institute of Architects.
Reynolds Logan, AIA
Reynolds Logan was named Associate Partner in the firm since 1996. Mr. Logan has spent twenty years in close collaboration with Richard Meier during a period of unprecedented creativity and production of award-winning projects. He has been the Project Architect for several internationally recognized projects, including the Federal Courthouse in Central Islip, New York; the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art; and the Swiss Air North American Headquarters in Melville, New York.
Mr. Logan's recent projects as partner-in-charge include Weill Hall at Cornell University, a LEED Gold-certified 263,000 square foot building merging biological, physical, engineering, and computational science disciplines in a highly collaborative and flexible environment for modern research. He is also leading the design of a residential tower in the heart of Tel Aviv.
Prior to joining Richard Meier & Partners, Mr. Logan was a Project Architect with Gwathmey Siegel & Associates in New York for four years, and with Thompson, Ventulett & Stainback Architects in Atlanta, Georgia, where he worked on a variety of award-winning commercial, institutional, and residential projects.
Reynolds Logan received his Master of Architecture from Clemson University in 1982 and his Bachelor of Sciences in Design in 1980. He also studied and traveled with the Charles E. Daniel Center in Genoa, Italy, in 1980. He has been a visiting critic at Clemson University, where he was honored as an Alumni Fellow. Mr. Logan is a registered architect in New York State and a member of the American Institute of Architects.
N. Scott Johnson, AIA
Associate Partner and acting Chief Operating Officer
Scott Johnson joined Richard Meier & Partners in January 2005. As Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Johnson brings to the firm diverse experience in architectural design, urban planning, corporate real estate and construction. Responsible for business development, project management, supervising client relationships, and project staffing, Mr. Johnson also acts as the key communicator between the administrative staff, architects, clients, and the Managing Partner, ensuring optimal efficiency of firm operations.
Mr. Johnson has been instrumental in the contracting of and conceptual design for a number of international projects in China, Japan, Turkey, Israel, The United Arab Emirates, Mexico and the Dominican Republic as well as US-based projects in Miami, Brooklyn and Newark.
Mr. Johnson earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and his Master of Science in Real Estate Development and Investment from New York University's Real Estate Institute. Mr. Johnson is a member of the American Institute of Architects and is a registered architect and licensed real estate broker in New York State.
Michael Palladino, AIA
As a Principal Designer of Richard Meier & Partners since 1979, Michael Palladino has worked closely with Richard Meier on many award-winning projects located throughout the world, including The Getty Center in Los Angeles; the Decorative Arts Museum in Frankfurt, Germany; the High Museum in Atlanta; as well as the International Center for Possibility Thinking in Garden Grove, California. He has also served as Project Designer and Project Architect for many private residences constructed throughout the United States and overseas.
Appointed Partner in 1985, Mr. Palladino moved to Los Angeles in 1986 to open Richard Meier & Partners' west coast office. Since that time, as Design Partner, he has been responsible for the new Edythe L. and Eli Broad Art Center at UCLA; the Museum of Television & Radio in Beverly Hills; the Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills; Camden Medical Centre in Singapore; the new San Jose City Hall in San Jose, California; private residences in Malibu, Los Angeles, Newport Beach, Santa Ynez, and Santa Barbara, California, as well as in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and high-rise luxury condominiums in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, and Philadelphia. He was awarded the commission as Lead Designer of the new 600,000-square-foot federal courthouse building in San Diego.
Mr. Palladino earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1977 and a Masters in Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1979. He is a registered architect in California, New York and Pennsylvania. Mr. Palladino is a frequent guest lecturer, having spoken at the University of Southern California, UCLA, the Louisiana Museum of Art in Denmark, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and has served as a guest critic at architectural schools throughout the United States. He is a recipient of the prestigious Rome Prize for the year 2000-2001 and the 2005 Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles.
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Images of key Richard Meier & Partners architects by Mark Selinger
Richard Meier, architect - Pritzker Prize winner 1984
Richard Meier, architect - RIBA Gold Medal Winner 1988
Richard Meier & Partners Architects - Key Buildings
The Getty Center, Los Angeles, California, USA
photo © Alice McRae
Getty Center Building - probably the most famous Richard Meier building
Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, Spain
picture © adrian welch
Richard Meier Building in Barcelona
Frankfurt Museum of Applied Arts, Germany
photograph © adrian welch
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