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Michael Graves always preferred the approval of the crowd over the acclaim of his peers.
Graves, who died March 12 at age 80, made his name as a pioneer in postmodernist architecture. His Portland Building in Oregon remains the movement’s defining monument in the U.S. The imposing cube of oversize classical elements framed by stucco paneling was intended to counter the homogeneity of the average city center and has divided Portland residents since its completion in 1982.