In October 1984, following an eighteen-month selection process, architect Richard Meier was chosen to design the Getty Center. This book summarizes the processes involved in selecting an architect and building site and discusses the creation of the overall architectural program. The architectural design development drawings by Richard Meier and Partners are the major focus of this book. Numerous photographs of the site and of the presentation models are included. The text provides an insider’s view of the history of the building project and the design process.