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Today we celebrate the life of one of the world’s most important architects, Michael Graves. Mr. Graves was born in Indianapolis, IN, receiving his diploma from Broad Ripple High School before going on to the University of Cincinnati and Harvard University, where he studied architecture. He was one of the New York Five, a prominent group of architects that redefined modernism in the 70s, and was known for his contemporary building designs.

“For those of us who had the opportunity to work closely with Michael, we knew him as an extraordinary designer, teacher, mentor and friend,” his firm said in a statement.

We echo that sentiment. Shiel Sexton had the good fortune of working with Michael Graves on the ARTSPARK at the Indianapolis Art Center. He provided high-end, contemporary landscape design for the 12-acre art and nature park which features open-air studios, ever-changing exhibitions and art for the public’s enjoyment. Mr. Graves was truly first class. We are proud to have been able to work alongside his genius and witness his legacy left on our great city for numerous years to come.