Richard Meier in the Tyler Graphics artists studio, Mount Kisco, New York, 1998
Gift of Kenneth Tyler 2002
Photographer: Marabeth COHEN-TYLER

Richard Meier, a world–renowned architect, worked at Tyler Graphics in 1998 to complete a lithographic series of prints based on his designs for the Getty Centre. The prints were commissioned by the American Academy of Arts and Letters to celebrate their centennial and be included in the Centennial Portfolio of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He completed three lithographs at Tyler Graphics: Getty I, Getty II and Getty III. Getty III was chosen for inclusion in the portfolio.

Meier was born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1934 and in 1957 received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University. He worked for Marcel Breuer before opening his own practice in 1963. In 1967, Meier, along with four other New York architects, was included in a Museum of Modern Art exhibition.

The successful catalogue published in 1972, and entitled Five Architects, shot the five men to fame. By 1984 Meier had completed many significant projects and was awarded the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize. Shortly after receiving this honour he was commissioned to design the new Getty Centre, considered by many to be one of the most important architectural projects of the late 20th century. In 2008 Meier was awarded the gold medal for architecture by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Emilie Owens

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Born in Newark, New Jersey, United States

Studies architecture at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; attends classes in painting under John Hertell and art history under Alan Solomon

Apprenticeship with the architectural firm Davis, Brody & Wisniewski; travels extensively in Italy, France and Israel; works for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill on the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library; attends evening classes at the New School for Social Research under Stephen Greene; shares studio with Frank Stella

Opens his own practice (now known as Richard Meier & Partners Architects)

Becomes co-founder of Committee of Architects for the Study of the Environment, together with Michael Graves, Charles Gwathmey and John Hejduk

Designs and oversees construction of Smith House, Darien, Connecticut

Designs and oversees construction of Saltzman House, East Hampton, New York

Receives commission from New York State Urban Development Corporation for the public housing project, Twin Parks Northeast, New York; designs the Bronx Development Center, New York; receives the Arnold Brunner Prize in Architecture from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters

Designs and oversees construction of Douglas House, Harbour Springs, Michigan

Resident architect, American Academy, Rome, Italy

Designs and oversees construction of The Atheneum, New Harmony, Indiana

Designs and oversees construction of Aye Simon Reading Room, Guggenheim Museum, New York; Visiting Professor of Harvard University, Cambridge; included in exhibition, New York School Exhibition, at State Museum, Albany, New York

Designs and oversees construction of Museum for Decorative Arts, Frankfurt am Main, West Germany

Designs and oversees construction of High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia

Wins tender for the redevelopment of the Getty complex, Los Angeles, which opens in 1997; receives the Pritzker Architecture Prize, sponsored by the Hyatt Foundation

Designs and oversees construction of City Hall and Library, The Hague, the Netherlands

Designs and oversees construction of the Ulm Exhibition and Assembly Building, Germany

Designs and oversees construction of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona, Spain, and the Royal Dutch Paper Mill Headquarters, Hilversum, the Netherlands

Designs and oversees construction of Canal + Television headquarters, Paris, France

Designs and oversees construction of Bibliothèque de France, Paris

Designs and oversees construction of Jean Arp Museum, Rolandswerth, Germany

Travelling solo exhibition, Richard Meier: architecture, projects 1986–1990, originating at Palazzo Reale, Naples, Italy

Receives awards: Praemium Imperiale, from the Japan Art Association; Gold Medal, from the American Institute of Architects; Royal Gold Medal, Royal Institute of British Architects

Completes editions of lithographs Getty I–III at Tyler Graphics, Mount Kisco, New York

Designs and oversees construction of Arp Museum, Remagen-Rolandseck, Germany

Frank T Rhodes Class of 1956 University Professorship, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Solo exhibition, Richard Meier: art and architecture, at Louise T Blouin Institute, London, England; opening of the Richard Meier Model Museum, Long Island City, New York; designs and oversees construction of Meier on Rothschild Tower, Tel Aviv, Israel

Receives the Gold Medal in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters

Solo exhibition, Meier 75, at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York

Included in exhibitions: Contemplating the void: interventions in the Guggenheim Museum, at Guggenheim Museum, New York; Masterstrokes: the icon exhibition, at Sir JJ College of Architecture, Mumbai, India

Solo exhibition, Richard Meier retrospective, at Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico

Solo exhibitions: Richard Meier: artistic conscience, at John Hartell Gallery, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; Richard Meier: building as art, at Arp Museum, Remagen-Rolandseck, Germany;included in exhibition, Casa Scaffali: Venice Biennale, at Arsenale's Giardino delle Vergini, Venice, Italy

Solo exhibitions: Richard Meier: selected collage works, at Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee; Richard Meier: timepieces, shown simultaneously at Galerie Gmurzynska AG Zug and Galerie Gmurzynska AG Zurich, Switzerland; Richard Meier: architecture and design, at Bisazza Foundation for Design and Contemporary Architecture, Montecchio Maggiore, Italy

Richard Meier currently lives and works in New York.

Barbara Delano © Tyler Graphics Ltd; revised Kate Buckingham, 2006; revised Julia Greenstreet, 2013

This chronology builds upon the biographical information published in Building the Getty by R Meier (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, c. 1997); Richard Meier: architetture 1986–1990 by F Izzo and A Gubitosi (Florence: Centro Di della Edifini, c. 1991); and Richard Meier's website:

Further information will be added to this site as the National Gallery proceeds with its research and documentation.

Last updated January 2017