Michael Graves, namesake of the School of Architecture, dies


By Alyssa Davis

Renowned architect Michael Graves, the namesake of Kean’s forthcoming architecture program, died on March 12 at the age of 80.

Graves designed office buildings, resorts, retail stores, hospitals, monuments and university buildings, according to the New York Times.

The Green Lane Building will house the Michael Graves School of Architecture, which will begin classes in the fall of 2015.

The University still plans on going forward with the program built in his name.

“We anticipate that the curriculum will be approved by the New Jersey President’s Council next month,” said University spokesperson Susan Kayne.

A tribute to Graves will be held on April 17 in the STEM building in conjunction with the Thinking Creatively Conference, an event featuring presentations, workshops and networking for prospective design students.

“We will carry on Michael’s legacy by providing our students with the opportunity to learn from his visionary philosophy and world-class approach to design, which will empower them to succeed as premier architects of the 21st century,” said David Mohney, Dean of the Michael Graves School of Architecture.


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