Peter Eisenman is the founder and design director of Eisenman Architects in New York.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Peter Eisenman will present a talk titled “Architecture and Loss of Authority” at 4:00 PM on Friday, November 4, in the Ken and Linda Sue Shollmier Room, Room 250 of the Vol Walker Room, University of Arkansas Campus in Fayetteville, as part of the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design lecture series.
Eisenman is the founder and design director of Eisenman Architects in New York. He is an internationally renowned architect and educator whose award-winning large-scale housing and urban design projects, innovative facilities for educational institutions and a series of inventive private homes attest to a career of excellence in design.
Before establishing a full-time architectural firm in 1980, Eisenman worked as a freelance architect, educator, and theorist. In 1967 he founded the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies (IAUS), an international think tank for architecture in New York City, and served as its director until 1982.
His current projects include the City of Culture of Galicia in Spain; a master plan for Pozzuoli, Italy; and a residential condominium in Milan. His award-winning projects include the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin and the Wexner Center for the Visual Arts in Columbus, Ohio.
Eisenman is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Among other accolades, in 2001 he received the Medal of Honor from the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the 2001 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award from the Smithsonian Institution in Architecture. He was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2004. Popular science The magazine named Eisenman one of the top five innovators of 2006 for the University of Phoenix stadium for the Arizona Cardinals. In 2010, Eisenman received the Wolf Foundation International Prize in the Arts, awarded in Jerusalem.
Currently Charles Gwathmey Professor of Practice at the Yale School of Architecture, Eisenman’s academic career also includes teaching at Cambridge, Princeton, Harvard and Ohio State universities. Previously, he was Irwin S. Chanin Distinguished Professor of Architecture at the Cooper Union, New York. He is also an author, whose most recent books include Written in a Void: Selected Writings, 1990-2004 (Yale University Press, 2007) and Ten canonical buildings, 1950-2000 (Rizzoli, 2008), which takes an in-depth look at the buildings of 10 different architects.
Eisenman holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Cornell University, a master’s of science in architecture from Columbia University, as well as a master’s and doctorate. degrees from the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom). He holds honorary doctorates in fine arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Pratt Institute in New York, and Syracuse University. In 2003 he received an honorary doctorate in architecture from the Università La Sapienza in Rome.
The public is invited to attend. Entrance is free, with limited places.
For more information, contact 479-575-4704 or fayjones.uark.edu.