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Kean University Mourns the Loss of Michael Graves

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Kean University Mourns the Loss of Michael Graves

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Statement by President Dawood Farahi, Kean University,

On the Death of Architect Michael Graves

Kean University mourns the loss of Michael Graves, one of our nation’s greatest architects and a man whose vision, compassion and spirit will no doubt continue to broaden and brighten the landscapes of individuals, communities and nations for generations to come.

Michael enthusiastically lent his name, his ideas and his passion for architecture to the students of Kean University.  The Michael Graves School of Architecture is a testament to his genius and to his unending capacity to share that genius with students of architecture and design in New Jersey.  We are forever grateful for his generosity and remain committed to upholding his vision in his honor.   

Our partnership with Michael may have seemed unlikely but as Michael himself noted, it made perfect sense. After all, he embraced the diversity, the potential and what he called “the eagerness” of our student body. He was deeply committed to introducing a marvelously unique, humanistic approach to architecture education here at Kean. Many have called Michael a pioneer; I witnessed it firsthand with students in Union, and with students across the globe at Wenzhou Kean University in China.

Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and colleagues.

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