Zetlin & De Chiara Client in the News: Richard Meier Retires as Firm Reorganizes
The office of Richard Meier & Partners is announcing today that the practice, begun by the award-winning architect in 1963, will now be called Meier Partners, and that its 86-year-old founder is officially retiring. Under a leadership restructuring plan, George H. Miller, former managing partner at Pei, Cobb, Freed, becomes COO, and Dukho Yeon, who has been at the Meier office for 30 years, will be lead designer. Both Miller and Yeon have been named partners, each with equity in the company. Michael De Chiara, Senior Partner at Zetlin & De Chiara counseled the firm through its transition and is quoted in the article.
Previously, Michael Palladino, who ran the California office of Richard Meier & Partners for 25 years, was the only non-family member with equity in the firm. Palladino is spinning off the Los Angeles office into an independent entity called STUDIOpractice, though he will remain a consulting partner with the New York-based firm, with a small equity stake. The Meier family continues to hold its longstanding stake in the company. Richard Meier’s daughter, Ana Meier, 40, who has been instrumental in this transition, will remain an advisor in the firm.
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