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Michael Graves (1934–2015)

The New York Times’ Robin Pogrebin reports that architect Michael Graves died on Thursday.

Associated with the New York Five in the 1970s, a group of architects who set about redefining modernism, Graves was responsible for more than 350 buildings around the world, while also gaining fame for designing iconic objects for the home, like a teakettle and a pepper mill.

His buildings include the Humana headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky, and the Portland Municipal Building in Oregon.

After founding his firm in Princeton in 1964, Graves worked on everything from resorts to hospitals. He helped to found the Michael Graves School of Architecture at Kean University in New Jersey. He was awarded the American Institute of Architects’ gold medal in 2000.

“For those of us who had the opportunity to work closely with Michael, we knew him as an extraordinary designer, teacher, mentor and friend,” read a statement released by his firm.

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