Meier, Richard

Richard Meier

Meier was born in Newark in 1934. He is an American architect known for his rationalist designs. He was educated in architecture at Cornell University and gratuaded with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. Before he founded his own practice in 1963, he worked for Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and Marcel Breuer. Meier has been awarded honorary degrees from the University of Naples, New Jersey Institute of Technology, The New School for Social Research, Pratt Institute and the University of Bucharest and  has taught at Cooper Union, Princeton University, Pratt Institute, UCLA, Yale University and Harvard University. Meier has also given many lectures all over the world and was numberous times a member of juries. His architectural work shows influences of other designers such as Mies Van der Rohe, Le Corbusier and in some instances, Frank Lloyd Wright and Luis Barragán.


  • Pritzker Prize for Architecture
  • AIA Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects
  • Deutscher Architekture Preis
  • Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
  • Royal Gold Medal of theRoyal Institute of British Architects
  • Brunner Prize for Architecture
  • Medal of Honor from the New York Chapter of the AIA
  • Gold Medal from the Los Angeles Chapter of the AIA

Important works

  • Smith House, Darien, Connecticut
  • Douglas House, Harbor Springs, Michigan
  • Bronx Developmental Center, The Bronx, New York
  • The Atheneum, New Harmony, Indiana
  • High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Modern Art Wing Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Daimler-Benz Forschungszentrum, today: Daimler Forschungszentrum, Ulm, Germany
  • Town house, Ulm, Germany
  • City Hall and Central Library, The Hague, The Netherlands
  • Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona, Spain
  • Edinburgh Park masterplan
  • Museum of Television & Radio, Beverly Hills, California
  • Rachofsky House, Dallas, Texas
  • Getty Center, Los Angeles, California
  • Camden Medical Centre, Singapore
  • Sandra Day O'Connor United States Courthouse, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Jubilee Church, Rome, Italy
  • University of Scranton, Connolly Hall
  • Frieder Burda Museum, Baden Baden, Germany
  • Life Sciences Technology Building, Ithaca, New York
  • San Jose City Hall, San Jose, California
  • ECM City Tower, Prague, Czech republic
  • Ara Pacis Museum, Rome, Italy
  • One Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY
  • Meier Tower, Tel Aviv, Israel

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