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Richard Meier

Architect & Abstract Artist
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Net worth 2018: $11.8 Million
Industry: Architects
Residence: Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Country: United States
BirthDay: 12 October 1934
Sigh: Scorpio
Education: 1957 - Cornell University

Richard Meier was bornon 12 October 1934 in Newark, New Jersey, U.S., American, is Architect & Abstract Artist. Richard Alan Meier is an American architect whose work of architecture is noted for its geometric patterns, rich spatial exposures with emphasis on light and a dominance of the use of white colour that gives the structures a pristine look. His works exemplify his variations and refinements on the principles of classic modernist architecture. The white sculptural pieces that he created initiated a new language of designs in the1980s. He is the preeminent figure of the ‘New York Five’, a group of five architects of New York City that include Charles Gwathmey, John Hejduk, Peter Eisenman and Michael Graves. One of his earlier works that received critical acclaim was the ‘Smith House’ in Darien, Connecticut and later he drew attention for his spectacular work of ‘Douglas House’. His successful endeavours in building private residences earned him several commissions like the ‘the Museum of Decorative Arts’ in Frankfurt, Germany; the ‘Museum of Contemporary Art’ in Barcelona, Spain; ‘Atheneum’ in New Harmony, Indiana, US and ‘Getty Center’ in Los Angeles, California. He has received several awards from various architectural associations including many from the ‘American Institutes of Architects’ (AIA).


$11.8 Million


These include the ‘West Village’ (2002) in Manhattan; Jubilee Church (2003) in Rome, Italy; ‘City Tower’ (2004-07) in Prague, Czech Republic; ‘San Jose City Hall’ (2004-07) in San Jose, California and ‘Weill Hall’ (2008) in Ithaca, New York among several others


Some of his notable works during the 90s are ‘Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art’ (1995) in Spain; ‘City Hall and Central Library’ (1995) in The Hague, Netherlands; ‘Paley Center for Media’ (1996) in Beverly Hills, California; ‘Getty Center (1997) in Los Angeles, California and ‘White Plaza’ (1998) in Basel, Switzerland


In 1992, the government of France bestowed upon him the honour of ‘Commander of Arts and Letters’


His major work remains the ‘Getty Center’ in Los Angeles in which he was involved for over a decade from 1985 to 1997


Apart from designs of several residences his early works such as ‘The Atheneum’ (1979) in New Harmony, Indiana; the ‘High Museum of Art’ (1983) in Atlanta, Georgia and ‘Museum für angewandte Kunst’ (1985) in Frankfurt, Germany also fetched him much recognition


He also started teaching at ‘Cooper Union’, which he continued till 1973


His interactions with the ‘Conference of Architects for the Study of the Environment’ (CASE) group that included discussions of each other’s works resulted in a book, ‘Five Architects’ in 1972


Two of his earlier works that got him critical acclaim and significant attention are the ‘Smith House’ (1965–67) in Darien, Connecticut and ‘Douglas House’ in Harbor Springs, Michigan (1971-73)


He returned to New York and joined Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in 1959, where he worked for a while


In 1957 he completed his ‘Bachelor in Architecture’ from ‘Cornell University’ in Ithaca, New York and thereafter toured many countries including Germany, Italy, France, Greece, Denmark and Israel in pursuit of developing network with fellow architects


He was born on October 12, 1934 in Newark, New Jersey, in a Jewish family to Jerome Meier and Carolyn Kaltenbacher as the eldest of their three sons


He continued to execute remarkable architectural designs in the 21st century that saw him deliver some of his excellent works

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