Obama Appoints Michael Graves to Key Administration Post

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Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint five individuals to key Administration posts, including architecture’s very own Michael Graves, stating: “These fine public servants both bring a depth of experience and tremendous dedication to their new roles.  Our nation will be well-served by these individuals, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.”

The five individuals include:

  • Vinton G. Cerf – Member, National Science Board, National Science Foundation
  • Marta Araoz de la Torre - Member, Cultural Property Advisory Committee
  • Michael Graves – Member, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
  • Laurie Leshin – Member, Advisory Board of the National Air and Space Museum
  • Lynne Sebastian – Member, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

As a member of the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, also known as The Access Board, Graves will devote his time to for people with disabilities. Created in 1973 to ensure access to federally funded facilities, The Access Board has become the leading source of information on accessible design. The Board develops and maintains design criteria for the built environment, transit vehicles, telecommunications equipment, and for electronic and information technology. It also provides technical assistance and training on these requirements and on accessible design and continues to enforce standards that cover federally funded facilities.

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Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "Obama Appoints Michael Graves to Key Administration Post" 04 Feb 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 17 Sep 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=327664>


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    I despise the architecture of Michael-Graves and all of the other post-modern atrocities that have been built, but this may be an appropriate appointment (as long as it remains about accessibility and not about architectural theory, form, function, design principles, or construction techniques.

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      @Scott Warner you claim to “despise” Graves’ “atrocities”, perhaps you actually “dislike” his “designs”

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        Yea… that would be a more politically correct way of stating it. However, I don’t think anyone should be appointed to a key administration post just because they have a disability and are active in the field of architecture. I am an architecture student with a disability, and I believe there are many more architects with disabilities who are much more deserving of this appointment. Graves has simply gotten it for having a high profile name, and being disabled; once again our government administrations fail to look more than skin deep.

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      lol what? “as long as it remains about accessibility and not about architectural theory, form, function, design principles, or construction techniques”
      That’s architecture bud, if you’re not thinking of those things it’s probably not for you lol

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    Um, y’all are aware that Mr. Graves has been paralyzed from the waist down since 2003, right?

    I’d say he’s pretty darned qualified to represent this appointment knowledgeably.

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