Richard Meier (architect)

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Richard Meier (2009)

Peter Richard Alan Meier (born October 12, 1934 in Newark , New Jersey ) is an American architect and Pritzker Prize winner .


Richard Meier studied architecture at Cornell University until 1957 and opened his own architecture office in Essex Fells , New Jersey in 1963 , after having worked for Marcel Breuer , among others .

Aerial view of the Paul Getty Center in Los Angeles
Museum of Applied Arts in Frankfurt am Main
Ramp in the Museum of Applied Art

He received orders for single-family houses / villas, elegant white buildings that do not refer to the so-called “ Bauhaus style ” but to Le Corbusier's residential architecture , as Meier has repeatedly emphasized. Almost all of the other buildings he designed adhere to this style. They are kept in white color and strict geometric shapes and are characterized by light-flooded interiors.

One of the few exceptions that deviates from his principle of building exclusively in white is the Getty Center (also: Grotta House, Westchester House and Des Moines Art Center Addition). In the case of the Getty Center, the clients insisted on a building color adapted to the landscape, while Meier insisted on pure white. The compromise is apparent to every visitor to the Getty Center at first glance: All buildings are decorated in a light ocher, the specially created “Getty White”.

He freed his own house, an old farmhouse in East Hampton on Long Island , from the white color and has since let the light brown of the shingles dominate again.

In the spring of 2018, Richard Meier resigned from the management of his architectural office for six months in five cases due to allegations of sexual harassment. On October 9, 2018, Meier announced the withdrawal from the office he had founded in 1963 and handed over management to Bernhard Karpf and, for the New York office, to Vivian Lee, Reynolds Logan and Dukho Yeon and the Los Angeles office to Michael Palladino and Jim Crawford.

honors and awards


  • “The most important thing is light. Light is life. "(Richard Meier - when and where?)
  • "Thank God for one's parents, and their faith in us." (Richard Meier, who had his first office in the parents' apartment.)
  • "[...] the building advances conventional modernist practice provocatively beyond established limits." (Ada Louise Huxtable, NY Times 1979)

Important buildings (selection)

The Atheneum, New Harmony, Indiana
Museum Frieder Burda , Baden-Baden
Arp Museum from the southwest


Life, work, individual aspects

  • Tom Grotta (ed.): The Grotta Home by Richard Meier. A Marriage of Architecture and Craft . arnoldsche Art Publishers 2019, ISBN 978-3-89790-568-9 .
  • Volker Fischer : Richard Meier. The architect as a designer and artist. Edition Axel Menges 2003, ISBN 3-932565-32-0 .
  • Philip Jodidio: Richard Meier "Taschen, Cologne 1995, ISBN 3-8228-9256-4
  • Werner Blaser : Richard Meier. Building for art. Birkhäuser, Basel 1990, ISBN 3-7643-2326-4 .
  • Ferruccio Izzo and Alessandro Gubitosi: Richard Meier. Architetture - Progetti 1986–1990 , with texts by Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani, Alberto Izzo, Camillo Subitosi and Ferruccio Izzo (exhibition catalog Palazzo Reale Naples), Centro Di, Florence 1991
  • Richard Meier: The town house has a special place in my heart. Notes on the Ulm town hall (3 speeches by Richard Meier on the Ulm town hall ), Ulm town hall, edition stadthaus, Volume 1, Ulm 2007, ISBN 978-3-934-727-19-9
  • Richard Meier Architect. Buildings and Projects 1966–1976 , with an introduction by Kenneth Frampton and an afterword by John Hejduk, New York 1976
  • Richard Meier Architect , with a foreword by Richard Meier, an introduction by Joseph Rykwert, and an afterword by John Hejduk, Rizzoly, New York 1984, (English edition) ISBN 0-8478-0496-8
  • Richard Meier & Partners, Complete Works 1963-2008 ( ISBN 978-3-8228-3683-5 )
  • Lois E. Nesbitt: Richard Meier. Collages , with an interview with Richard Meier by Clare Farrow, New York 1990
  • Valerie Vaudou (Ed.): Richard Meier. Pour la modernité , with a foreword by Richard Meier, Paris 1986
  • Ingeborg flag , Oliver G. Hamm: Richard Meier in Europe. English German. Verlag Ernst & Sohn 1997; ISBN 3-433-02435-9

Single buildings

  • Literature on various individual buildings by Richard Meier: see the articles listed and linked above in the overview , there in the literature section .

Interviews and discussions

  • Gero von Boehm : Richard Meier. October 28, 2003 . Interview in: Encounters. Images of man from three decades . Collection Rolf Heyne, Munich 2012, ISBN 978-3-89910-443-1 , pp. 397-404
  • Conversation with Richard Meier. In: The courage to change. The town house on Ulm Minster Square. Conversations & films. DVD, special publication in edition stadthaus, Ulm 2004–2008, ISBN 978-3-934727-21-2 (interview in English, 14:27 min).

Web links

Commons : Richard Meier  - album with pictures, videos and audio files
Individual works

Individual evidence

  1. ^ FAZ of September 11, 2010, pages Z 1 and Z 2
  2. Robin Pogrebin: "The Architect Richard Meier Steps Down After Harassment Allegations" , New York Times, October 9, 2018 (English)
  3. Alexander Walter: "Richard Meier steps down" , Archinect from October 9, 2018 (English)
  4. Academy Members. American Academy of Arts and Letters, accessed January 18, 2019 .
  5. National Academicians "M" / Meier, Richard Alan ( Memento of the original from July 9, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (accessed on July 3, 2015) @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  6. Peter Gössel, Gabriele Leuthäuser: Architecture of the 20th Century . Taschen, Cologne 2001, ISBN 3-8228-6011-5 , pp. 290-291
  7. Jürgen Kanold: A master of light . In: Südwest Presse . Ulm October 11, 2019.
  8. Project 27a: Coffee Plaza | At Sandtorpark 4
  9. The beach house in Hamburg's HafenCity