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Architect Richard Meier Takes Leave of Absence Following Allegations

Architect Richard Meier Takes Leave of Absence Following Allegations”

The Pritzker Prize victor founded Richard Meier & Partners Architects, a firm that has done work for The Hague, the Getty Center in in Los Angles, and is responsible for a glass tower on Prospect Park that overlooks Brooklyn's Grand Army Plaza.

Confronted with these allegations by The Times, Meier confirmed that he would take a six-month leave and issued this statement: "I am deeply troubled and embarrassed by the accounts of several women who were offended by my words and actions". "I am leaving the company in the hands of a dedicated and outstanding senior management team, which has spent the past three decades serving our clients and building our firm's success", he said. In 1997, his firm unveiled its design for the Getty Center in Los Angeles-a campus of the Getty Museum that cost $1.3 billion to build and now houses the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Foundation, Getty Research Institute, and the J. Paul Getty Trust. "We are committed to a safe and respectful workplace for all". The incidents range in time from the 1980s to 2009, when Laura Trimble Elbogen, Meier's onetime assistant, says the architect asked her to undress after inviting her to his home under the guise of celebrating her new job; and Alexis Zamlich, a communications assistant for the firm, recalls Meier exposing himself to her during a visit to his apartment. A third woman said Meier grabbed her underwear through her dress at a holiday party. The company also instituted a sex-harassment training that Meier had to attend, Johnson said.

Judi Shade Monk told The Times that she was warned "don't stay in the office late by yourself" when she first started at the firm in 2003 at the age of 26.

As one of our most well-known alumni, Richard Meier has been associated with Cornell University and the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning through his gifts that support students and faculty.

After the allegations were published in the Times, the J. Paul Getty Trust canceled a dinner originally scheduled for next week in NY, where they'd meant to honor Meier for the Getty Center's 20th anniversary.

Completed in 1996, The Rachofsky House serves as the private home of Dallas art collectors Cindy and Howard Rachofsky and the headquarters of much of their contemporary art collection.

Hyperallergic has contacted the Pritzker Prize comments on these allegations, but as of this writing has not received a response.



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