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.
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
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 Biblioth�que 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
Frank T Rhodes Class of 1956 University Professorship, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
Richard Meier currently lives and works in New York, New York.
Barbara Delano � Tyler Graphics Ltd; revised Kate Buckingham, 2006
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:richardmeier.com.