Pritzker Prize–winning architect Richard Meier announced that he will take a six-month leave from his firm amid accusations of sexual harassment, reports the New York Times. The allegations were made by four women who worked for Meier, along with a woman who met him when he was working on the Getty Museum in Los Angeles during the 1980s. The incidents described range from groping and exposure to one woman’s allegation that Meier pulled her forcefully onto a bed, causing her to flee.
Meier, now eighty-three, said in a statement to the New York Times: “I am deeply troubled and embarrassed by the accounts of several women who were offended by my words and actions. While our recollections may differ, I sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended by my behavior. I am leaving the company in the hands of a dedicated and outstanding senior management team, which has spent the past three decades serving our clients and building our firm’s success.” The firm, Richard Meier & Partners, will now be managed by associate partners Vivian Lee, Reynolds Logan, Bernhard Karpf, and Dukho Yeon. The head of the firm’s Los Angeles office, Michael Palladino, will oversee the business’s projects and operations.
According to Artnews, the allegations have prompted Sotheby’s to close an exhibition of Meier’s works early. Featuring collages, encaustics, and silkscreens by the architect, the show, which was staged at S2 Gallery in New York, was scheduled to run through March 29. The auction house said that the decision was made “in consultation with the Meier family.”