Richard's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Canada Team

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    New York, NY

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 3

  • ON DVD:

RICHARD MEIER

Architect
Getty Museum

“It's not so much what you do; it's how you do it and what your attitude is about it.”

INTERESTS:

Design Engineering

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Fulfillment Passion

FOUNDATION:

Building Things

TAGS:

attitude, chaos, contribute to society, making a contribution, order, perception, perspective, worry

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Growing up, he had a drafting board in his basement where he'd conceptualize model boats and airplanes.
  • He always wanted to make the world a better place through the things that he built.
  • Naturally, his path led him to architecture school, and from there, he "never looked back."
  • He loves architecture because he believes it has the power to heighten the human perception.
  • Knows he's in the right profession because it gives him pleasure to take chaos and try to give it meaning.
  • Says that he's as excited about his current projects as he was 30 years ago.
  • Even with his impressive portfolio, he still worries about what will happen once the next project is done, and where the next job will come from.
  • He stresses that there are plenty of things you can do well, but you can't do them all; you should devote yourself to what gives you pleasure.

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