Michael Graves (born July 9, 1934 – March 12, 2015,) was an American architect.
Identified as one of The New York Five, Graves was known first for his contemporary building designs and some prominent public commissions. Since designing domestic products sold at Target stores in the United States, he has become more widely known.
He is a representative of New Urbanism and New Classical Architecture and formerly designed postmodern buildings.
An architect in public practice in Princeton, New Jersey, since 1964, Graves was also the Robert Schirmer Professor of Architecture, Emeritus at Princeton University. Graves and his firm have earned critical acclaim for a wide variety of commercial and residential buildings and interior design, although some occupants of the buildings object to the confined views caused by signature features such as small or circular windows and squat columns. Graves was elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 1979. In 1999 Graves was awarded the National Medal of Arts, in 2001 the AIA Gold Medal, in 2010 the AIA Topaz Medal, and in 2012 the Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council.
In 2003, an infection of unknown origin (possibly bacterial meningitis) left Graves paralyzed from the waist down. He is still active in his practice, which is developing a number of projects; including an addition to the Detroit Institute of Arts, and a large Integrated Resort, Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore.
In 2010, Graves was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame.