Michael Graves and architectural pedagogy

A panel discussion with Peter Eisenman, David Mohney, Monica Ponce de Leon, and Anthony Vidler.

January 4, 2015

Recorded in November 2014.

Past as Prologue was a symposium held in November 2014 in honor of Michael Graves on the occasion of his fiftieth year in practice. Organized by The Architectural League and hosted by Parsons The New School for Design, the day brought together architects, designers, educators, writers, and others to celebrate Graves’s remarkable and distinctive body of work.

In a conversation moderated by Paul Goldberger, contributing editor at Vanity Fair, educators Peter EisenmanDavid MohneyMonica Ponce de Leon, and Anthony Vidler discuss Graves’ influence as an professor at Princeton University, where he taught for nearly 40 years.

Eisenman and Vidler, both colleagues of Graves’s in the 1960s and now professors at Yale University and The Cooper Union, respectively, and David Mohney, Graves’ former student and now acting dean of the Michael Graves School of Architecture, discuss his relationship to the institution and his profound impact on the studio and classroom. Ponce de Leon, the dean of the University of Michigan’s Taubman School of Architecture and Urban Planning, shares Graves’ significance to her own education and students today.

The panelists connect Graves’ career to larger issues of theory and practice in architectural education, including the centrality of drawing to the profession, a running theme throughout the day, and the value of precedent to architecture today.