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 is the press doing right?
Richard Meier: Well the thing that I guess I respect most in the New York Times is that you don’t just get the news, but you get information on things that are happening in parts of the world that you don’t get anywhere else – that whether it’s . . . it’s what’s happening in Africa, or that it’s what’s happening in Iraq. Whether it’s . . . Wherever it is, that you learn about events that are affecting so many thousands and thousands of people you would never know about from any other source. And I was reading something the other day about Iceland. And I’m just amazed, you know, by an article in the paper. So for me, that’s very important – reading and knowing about those things.
Recorded on: September 17, 2007.