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Michael Graves named US government advisor

US architect and Post-modern pioneer Michael Graves has been appointed to a role within the President Obama administration

The founding principal of Michael Graves & Associates will be a member of the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board.

He will help develop and maintain design criteria for the built environment and other disciplines to allow access to disabled people.

Graves said: ‘When I became paralysed, I realised that as an architect and designer, and then a patient, I had a unique perspective. I became passionate about using this perspective to improve healthcare and accessibility through design projects.  

‘As a member of the access board, I expect to provide national leadership on accessible design, and hope I can contribute on a grand scale.’

Founded in 1964, Michael Graves & Associates has carried out a range of projects across the US and Europe.

Recent schemes include the 51 Degrees resort in Leukerbad, Switzerland, which features a six-star hotel.

Graves is also the Robert Schirmer professor of architecture, emeritus at Princeton University, where he has taught for nearly 40 years.  

He was one of five appointees made by the president in January.

Obama said: ‘These fine public servants bring a depth of experience and tremendous dedication to their new roles. 

‘Our nation will be well served by these individuals, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.’

In November, architects urged Obama to use his second term in office to boost the quality and sustainability of building design. 

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