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Meeting the Pope


My children: a designer and a sculptor
Richard Meier Architect
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My daughter is designing things. She has no formal training in architecture but she likes to design things. She’s always liked to make things and is now working on a series of lighting fixtures. I guess the lighting was so bad in our apartment, she decided she had to do something about it and she didn’t want to just go out and buy it. Yeah, so she’s working on, on doing some lighting fixtures, which are very, very interesting sculptural objects and I think, you know, she could be a good designer but she needs some... some discipline as a designer. My son is making sculpture, so he’s free to do whatever he wants. You know what they say, a sculptor can make a square wheel but an architect has to make a round one.

The prominent American architect Richard Meier (b. 1934) is best known for the Getty Centre in Los Angeles, one of his many public projects which broke from his usual style of sleek, white buildings. In all his work – carried out with characteristic refined style – he refuses to bend to the trends of modern architecture. He has won many awards including the Pritzker Prize for Architecture, considered the field's highest honour.

Listeners: Massimo Vignelli

Massimo Vignelli was born in Milan and studied architecture in Milan and Venice. He is the co-founder and President of Vignelli Associates and Chief Executive Officer of Vignelli Designs in New York. His work includes graphic and corporate identity programs, publication designs, architectural graphics, interiors, furniture, and consumer product designs. His work has been published and exhibited throughout the world and entered in the permanent collections of several museums. He has taught and lectured on design in the major cities and universities in the United States and abroad. Included among Massimo Vignelli's awards are the Gran Premio Triennale di Milano, 1964, the Compasso d'Oro, awarded by the Italian Association for Industrial Design (ADI), 1964 and 1998, the 1982 Art Directors Club Hall of Fame, the 1983 AIGA Gold Medal, the 1992 Interior Product Designers Fellowship of Excellence, The 1995 Brooklyn Museum Design Award for Lifetime Achievement and The 2001 Russel Wright Award for Design Excellence.

Duration: 1 minute, 5 seconds

Date story recorded: March 2007

Date story went live: 23 December 2008