Richard Meier is one of the foremost contemporary American architects. In 1984 at the age of 49, Meier was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize, often referred to as the Nobel of architecture. He was the youngest architect to receive the profession's highest accolade. Meier is known for resisting trend-based designs, instead developing his own design philosophy rooted in rationalism and noted for its use of the color white. His designs can be seen as Neo-Corbusian, referencing the famous French architect's early phase in particular. Meier has also named Frank Lloyd Wright as another major influence. Perhaps his most famous design is The Getty Center, a Los Angeles art museum funded by the J. Paul Getty trust. Meier was born in Newark, New Jersey, and educated at Cornell University.
Question: What inspires you?
Richard Meier: Well a lot of things do. Probably art more than photography or literature, more than any other arts. But painting and sculpture have always been of interest to me, and continue to be.
Question: Any particular artists?
Richard Meier: Oh there are a lot. ___________, contemporaries from the the 20th century. DeKooning, Kline, Rothko, Newman, Rauschenberg, Johns. There’s so many that I can think of. And then, of course, look back at people like Bernini – great architects of 16th century. All of these in some way __________ floating around in your head.
Recorded on: September 17, 2007.