Legendary architect wins award for paralysis battle.The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation will honor acclaimed architect Michael Graves with its Visionary Leadership Award in recognition of Graves' personal courage and new partnership with the Foundation.
The award will be presented at CRPF's 13th annual "A Magical Evening" event, a black-tie gala held on Monday, November 24 at the Marriott Marquis in New York City New York City: see New York, city.
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Graves joined CRPF's search for a cure after he was left paralyzed par·a·lyze
tr.v. par·a·lyzed, par·a·lyz·ing, par·a·lyz·es
1. To affect with paralysis; cause to be paralytic.
2. To make unable to move or act: paralyzed by fear. as a result of a spinal cord infection earlier this year.
"Michael's determination and strength embody our motto. 'We must. We can. We will.' and we welcome this opportunity to recognize him," said Christopher Reeve, chairman of CRPF.
"His partnership with CRPF will help build a better tomorrow for those living with paralysis."
Graves, a native of Indianapolis, received his architectural training at the University of Cincinnati The University of Cincinnati is a coeducational public research university in Cincinnati, Ohio. Ranked as one of America’s top 25 public research universities and in the top 50 of all American research universities, and Harvard University. In 1960, he won the Rome Prize and studied for two years at the American Academy in Rome American Academy in Rome, founded in 1894 as the American School of Architecture in Rome by Charles F. McKim and enlarged in 1897 with the founding of the American Academy in Rome for students of architecture, sculpture, and painting. , of which he is now a trustee. In 1964, Graves founded his architectural practice in Princeton.
Over the course of his career, he has received several of the most prestigious awards conferred upon architects and designers, including the 2001 Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is a professional organization for architects in the United States. Organized in 1857, the Institute conducts various activities and programs to support the profession and enhance its public image, including periodically awarding the AIA . the 1999 National Medal of Arts The National Medal of Arts is an award and title created by the Congress of the United States in 1984, for the purpose of honoring artists and patrons of the arts. It is the highest honor conferred to an individual artist on behalf of the people. and the Frank Annunzio Award from the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation in 2001.
Graves is also professor emeritus of architecture at Princeton University, where he taught from 1962 to 2001. For his promotion and advocacy of the arts, he has received, among other awards, the New Jersey Governor's Walt Whitman Award for Creative Achievement and the Arts Person of the Year Award from the New Jersey Center for Visual Arts.
In addition to his architecture and interior design practice, Graves has a very active product design division, Michael Graves Design Group. which has designed lighting, hardware, bathroom fixtures, desktop accessories, leather goods, kitchenware, tabletop items, decorative objects, radios and telephones. The 1985 Alessi stainless steel teakettle with its whistling bird spout is one of his most recognized designs. Graves has partnered with Target Stores to produce affordable design-oriented products for the home, which have won several awards.
"I am truly impressed with the energy and intelligence which CRPF devotes to its field," said Graves. "I am honored to be affiliated with such a distinguished organization."
The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation is committed to funding research that develops treatments and cures for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury Spinal Cord Injury Definition
Spinal cord injury is damage to the spinal cord that causes loss of sensation and motor control.
Approximately 10,000 new spinal cord injuries (SCIs) occur each year in the United States. and other central nervous system disorders Nervous system disorders
A satisfactory classification of diseases of the nervous system should include not only the type of reaction (congenital malformation, infection, trauma, neoplasm, vascular diseases, and degenerative, metabolic, toxic, or deficiency .
The Foundation also vigorously works to improve the quality of life for people living with disabilities through its grants program, Paralysis Resource Center and advocacy efforts.