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Architect who designed more than 350 buildings around the world dies at 80

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Posted at 9:20 AM, Mar 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-13 11:51:54-04

A prominent architect who designed more than 350 buildings worldwide as well as popular household products has died at age 80.

Michael Graves died Thursday, March 12 at his home in New Jersey. Some of his most popular creations are a teakettle and a peppermill, the New York Times said.

The firm Michael Graves & Associates confirmed the architect's death. CNN reported he died of natural causes. Graves was paralyzed from the waist down since 2003 because of a spinal cord infection. the Times said. 

Graves was instrumental in spurring design collaborations for Target.

 

 

Graves was born in Indiana and pursued his college studies through the University of Cincinnati and Harvard, according to CNN. He also was a professor at Princeton University.