Richard Meier is taking a six-month leave of absence from the firm he founded in the wake of a New York Times report that he had sexually harassed five women, including four who worked for him, over the past three decades.
In a statement posted on the firm’s website, Meier said: “I am deeply troubled and embarrassed by the accounts of several women who were offended by my words and actions. While our recollections may differ, I sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended by my behavior.”
While Meier is on leave, the firm said Michael Palladino, partner and head of the company’s Los Angeles office, will oversee all of its operations and projects.
The Times also reported that Meier’s alma mater, Cornell’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning, has declined his recent gift to establish a graduate scholarship. Plans for that program, unveiled in January, said it was designed “to recruit and retain the most talented women applicants.”