Eisenman Architects, Center for Cultural Innovation. Photo: Manuel Gonzalez Vicente. Full credit below.

Lecture: Peter Eisenman

October 27, 2014
5:30p Reception, Kemper Art Museum; 6:30p Lecture, Steinberg Auditorium

Internationally recognized architect and educator Peter Eisenman, FAIA, Int FRIBA, will deliver a Public Lecture Series talk titled Close Reading Architecture Today, in conjunction with the exhibition Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association. The lecture is sponsored by Student Union, WUSTL's undergraduate student government.

Eisenman is founder and design principal of Eisenman Architects, an architecture and design office in New York City. The firm's current projects include the City of Culture of Galicia, a one million-square-foot, six-building cultural complex in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, four buildings of which are open; a master plan for a mixed-use development on the waterfront of Pozzuoli, Italy; and a residential condominium in Milan. Eisenman Architects' proposal for the Yenikapi Transit Hub and Archaeological Park in Istanbul, which won first prize in an international design competition in 2012, is now in design development.

Among Eisenman Architects' award-winning projects are the Wexner Center for the Arts and Fine Arts Library at The Ohio State University in Columbus, the Koizumi Sangyo Corporation headquarters building in Tokyo, and the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe and IBA Housing at Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin, each of which received a National Honor Award for Design from the American Institute of Architects. The firm's Aronoff Center for Design and Art, the University of Phoenix Stadium for the NFL's Arizona Cardinals, and the City of Culture of Galicia have each been the subject of hourlong television documentaries on PBS and the Discovery Channel. The firm's work is also the subject of many books, including the monographs Tracing Eisenman (Thames & Hudson, 2006) and Peter Eisenman. Tutte le opere (Electa, 2007).

In 2014, Eisenman received the Piranesi Prix de Rome for career achievement, awarded by the Accademia Adrianea di Architettura e archeologia in Rome. In 2010, he received the international Wolf Prize in Architecture from the Wolf Foundation in Jerusalem. Other honors include the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement from the International Architecture Biennale in Venice in 2004, and the Medal of Honor from the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 2001, as well as the Smithsonian Institution's 2001 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture. Eisenman is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Popular Science magazine named him one of the top five innovators of 2006 for the multipurpose University of Phoenix Stadium.

A distinguished author and teacher, Eisenman's books include Written Into the Void: Selected Writings, 1990-2004 (Yale University Press, 2007) and Ten Canonical Buildings, 1950-2000 (Rizzoli, 2008), which examines the work of ten architects since 1950. He has taught at many universities, including the University of Cambridge, Princeton University, Harvard University, The Ohio State University, and Cooper Union. In 2013 he received the AIA New York State Educator's Award for outstanding teaching, and also was made an honorary member of the Architects' Association of the Achaia Prefecture (SANA) in Greece. Currently he is the Charles Gwathmey Professor in Practice at the Yale University School of Architecture.

Eisenman holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University, a Master of Science in Architecture degree from Columbia University, and MA and PhD degrees from Cambridge University (UK). He holds an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Pratt Institute, and Syracuse University. In 2003, he was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Architecture by the Università La Sapienza in Rome, and in 2012, an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the Brera Academy of Art in Milan.

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Eisenman Architects, Center for Cultural Innovation, City of Culture of Galicia, Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Photo: Manuel Gonzalez Vicente, courtesy the Foundation for the City of Culture of Galicia.