International Speaker Series: Richard Meier

December 3, 2009

World-renowned American architect Richard Meier launches the 2010 speaker series in Sydney and Melbourne.

*Notice: The Institute is sincerely disappointed to have to advise that the International Speaker Series presentations planned to be delivered by Richard Meier in June will unfortunately not now proceed.*

Esteemed American architect Richard Meier will be the first of the world’s leading architects to visit Australia next year for an international speaker series, commencing in Sydney on 23 February and Melbourne on 24 February.

The legendary New York-based architect will present to audiences as a guest of the Australian Institute of Architects. A holder of the profession’s highest accolades, Mr Meier has received a bevy of awards for his outstanding work – including the Pritzker Prize for Architecture, the Gold Medal from both the American Institute of Architects and the Royal Institute of British Architects, as well as the Praemium Imperiale from the Japan Art Association. In 2009 he was awarded the President’s Medal from the Architectural League of New York.

Since establishing his practice in New York City in 1963, Mr Meier’s work has encompassed major global commissions, including award-winning museums, corporate headquarters and housing and private residences. Some of his most significant works include the:
* Getty Center in Los Angeles;
* City Hall and Central Library in the Hague;
* Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona;
* Stadthaus (Civic Exhibition and Assembly Building) in Ulm, Germany;
* Hypobank Headquarters in Luxembourg;
* North American Headquarters building for Swissair in Melville, New York;
* Museum of Television & Radio in Los Angeles.

Australian Institute of Architects President Melinda Dodson said the International Speaker Series in 2010 was set to showcase more exceptional and inspiring architects for talks across several major cities.

*Sydney*: [-23 February 2010-] 7 June 2010
*Melbourne*: [-24 February 2010-] 8 June 2010

*Tickets on sale Friday 4 December 2009*. For details, log on to ["architecture.com.au/internationalspeakerseries":http://www.architecture.com.au/internationalspeakerseries]

*Image* Getty Center, Los Angeles. Photograph by Scott Frances

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