Internationally-renowned architect Richard Meier joins Mana Contemporary with the opening of the Richard Meier Model Museum, as well as the architect's personal studio, research library, and archives.

Meier's new space at Mana Contemporary replaces his 3,600-square-foot former model museum in Long Island City with a 15,000-square-foot suite on the art center's 2nd floor. The grand space will also include a gallery with rotating exhibitions of the architect's sketches, renderings, photographs, and sculptures.

The 150-plus model collection covers the architect's entire career, going back to the 1965 Smith house, one of the early projects which established Meier's reputation. Highlights of the model museum include large-scale study models of the famed Getty Center in Los Angeles. The research center will be open to students and practicing architects and will serve as an incubator and educational resource for emerging architects and designers. The architect's daughter, furniture designer Ana Meier, joins the space with The Ana Meier Furniture Showroom.

Richard Meier recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the establishment of his firm in New York City. In 1984, Meier was awarded the Pritzker Prize for Architecture, considered the field's highest honor, and he has been the youngest individual architect ever to be awarded this honor. Meier's international body of work is acclaimed for its abstraction, formal clarity, and uncompromising all-white facades. The absence of color is an intrinsic characteristic of his works; his philosophy is grounded in using light as the main material to give form to his
precise, linear architecture.

The Richard Meier Model Museum opens to the public with an opening reception from 1-6 p.m. on Sunday, January 12. The event is free and free transportation from Manhattan will be provided.