Pictured (L-R) New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Michael Graves, writer and humorist Fran Lebowitz, and actress Candice Bergen. Photo courtesy of New Jersey Hall of Fame/Gellman Images.

Michael Graves, FAIA, was the first architect to be inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame. He was one of 15 New Jersey notables honored at a star-studded induction ceremony at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark .

Graves’ election into the New Jersey Hall of Fame was championed by the New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects and, in particular, by Bruce Turner, AIA, the head of AIA-NJ's Public Awareness Committee. He was elected in the "enterprise" category, which is open to scientists, business leaders, inventors, leaders in medicine, entrepreneurs and philanthropists.

At the event, a film clip showed examples of Graves’ buildings and his designs for household appliances and objects, which exemplify his design philosophy that "ordinary objects don't have to be ordinary."