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Michael Graves inducted to NJ Hall of Fame

What do Jack Nicholson, Susan Sarandon and Michael Graves all have in common? The actor, actress and architect were all inducted with the 2010 class to the New Jersey Hall of Fame on Sunday at the NJPAC in Newark, New Jersey. Graves, whose offices are in Princeton, N.J. where he lives and taught for almost 40 years at Princeton University, is the first architect to win the honor. He was included in the Enterprise category, which is open to scientists, business leaders, inventors, leaders in medicine, entrepreneurs and philanthropists.

The American Institute of Architects, New Jersey chapter lobbied for Graves to be nominated for the Hall of Fame honor. “We are thrilled that Michael Graves has been elected to the New Jersey Hall of Fame,” said Stacey Ruhle Kliesch, AIA, LEED AP and past president of AIA-NJ. “The architecture community doesn’t often get the recognition it deserves, as the designers of the places we live, work and play. This prestigious honor will bring attention not only to his accomplishments, but to those of the profession.”

Graves and his firms, Michael Graves & Associates and the Michael Graves Design Group, have won nearly 200 prestigious awards and citations for architecture, interiors, and product design. Graves’ honors the AIA fellowship in 1979, the National Medal of Arts in 1999, the AIA Gold Medal in 2001, and, in 2005, the first recipient of the AIA New Jersey Lifetime Achievement Award, which is now named after him. In 2009, he was named the repent of the AIA and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture’s Topaz Medallion for his long-term contribution to architectural education.

Graves’ architectural practice has designed more than 350 buildings worldwide, encompassing many building types. He was an early proponent of Post-Modernism. He has also designed house wares for the Target retail chain.

The other inductees included: singer Frankie Valli, musicians Count Basie and Les Paul, writer Judy Blume, former Supreme Court Justice William Brennan, actors Danny DeVito and Jack Nicholson, baseball great Larry Doby, Olympian Carl Lewis, women’s rights activist Alice Paul, astronaut Wally Schirra and former President Woodrow Wilson and novelist Philip Roth.

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