Richard Meier is the founder and owner of Richard Meier & Partners, Architects. Recognized as one of the most accomplished and well-known contemporary architects, Mr. Meier has tremendous influence on the architectural world, both here in the United States and abroad. He has received the Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects, the Praemium Imperiale from the Japanese Government, and in 1984, he was awarded the prestigious commission to design the $1 billion Getty Center in Los Angeles, which was completed in 1997. In that same year, Mr. Meier became the youngest recipient of the Pritzker Prize for Architecture, the field's highest honor. Mr. Meier received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University.