Career Timeline Career Timeline Trace Michael Graves’ life through an interactive timeline.

What is Postmodernism What is Postmodernism? After Roman temples and before functional skyscrapers, learn about the period in between.

Watch the Show Watch the Show View the documentary online, whenever you want.

Selected Works Selected Works Explore the works of Graves in images, video, and text.

Web Exclusives Web Exclusives Go beyond the documentary to hear more from Graves about his influences and projects.

Driehaus Prize Driehaus Prize Learn about the prize that honors the principles of classical and traditional architecture.

Michael Graves and Geoffrey Baer
Michael Graves (left) with WTTW host Geoffrey Baer
Portland Building
Graves’ Portland Building heralded the postmodern era in the 1980s.

In the world of architecture, terms such as “classical,” “modern,” and “postmodern” signify much more than just visual styles. They represent entire schools of thought, vital worldviews, and best of all, great stories.

The career and work of architect Michael Graves offers us a window into this world – and an opportunity to understand how these important movements came about. Graves’ story is very much the story of architecture in the 20th century.

Alessi Tea Kettle
Italian housewares maker Alessi has sold more than two million Graves-designed tea kettles since 1985.

In Architect Michael Graves: A Grand Tour, host Geoffrey Baer takes us on a voyage through Graves’ career and the influences that shaped him, from his early days studying in Rome to the life-altering events of 2003 – events that changed his personal perspective and brought about a new kind of professional achievement.

We invite you to watch the show and to explore Michael Graves’ work and life.

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University of Notre Dame School of Architecture