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Peter Eisenman, FAIA


Born: August 11, 1932, Newark, New Jersey, USA
Education: BArch, Cornell University (1955)
M.S., Columbia University (1960)
M.A., Cambridge University (1962)
Ph.D., Cambridge University (1963)
Address: Eisenman Architects, 41 West 25th Street, New York, NY, 10010
Honors: Graham Foundation, Fellowship, 1966
Architect-in-Residence, American Academy in Rome, 1976
John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, 1976
Brunner Award, National Institute of Arts and Letters, 1984
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, 1985
University of Illinois (Chicago) Doctor of Fine Arts, 1986
Awards: Progressive Architecture Architectural Design Award, 1985, Wexner Center for the Visual Arts, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Stone Lion (First Prize), Third International Architecture Biennale, 1985, Romeo and Juliet Castles
The American Institute of Architects, Honor Award, 1988, IBA Social Housing at Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin, Germany
Progressive Architecture, Architectural Design Award, 1991, Aronoff Center for Design and Art at the University of Cincinnati
The American Institute of Architects, Honor Award, 1991, Koizumi Sangyo Building, Tokyo, Japan
The American Institute of Architects, Honor Award, 1993, Wexner Center for the Visual Arts, Columbus, Ohio


Peter Eisenman is an architect and educator. In 1980, after many years of teaching, writing and producing respected theoretical work, he established his professional practice to focus exclusively on building. He has designed a wide range of prototypical projects including large-scale housing and urban design projects, innovative facilities for educational institutions, and a series of inventive private houses.

Among his built projects, the Wexner Center for the Visual Arts and Fine Arts Library at The Ohio State University in Columbus, completed in 1989, has met with international acclaim and received a 1993 National Honor Award from The American Institute of Architects. Mr. Eisenman's project for social housing at Check-point Charlie and the Berlin Wall was honored by the West German Government when featured on a postage stamp commemorating the 750th Anniversary of the City of Berlin. He has built two office buildings in Tokyo, the Nunotani Corporation building, and the Koizumi Sangyo Corporation headquarter building, which received a 1991 National Honor Award from The American Institute of Architects.

In 1993, opening ceremonies were held for the $65 million Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio, and in October of 1996 for the $35 million Aronoff Center for Design and Art . At present Mr. Eisenman is designing a library for the United Nations complex in Geneva and the Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences at the St. George Ferry Terminal.

In 1985, Mr. Eisenman received a Stone Lion (First Prize) for his Romeo and Juliet project at the Third International Architectural Biennale in Venice. Mr. Eisenman was one of the two architects to represent the United States at the Fifth International Exhibition of Architecture of the Venice Biennale in 1991, and his projects are exhibited at museums and galleries around the world. Mr. Eisenman was the founder and former director of the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, an international think-tank for architectural criticism. He has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Brunner Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

His academic involvement has included teaching at Cambridge University, Princeton University, Yale University, and The Ohio State University. From 1982 to 1985 he was the Arthur Rotch Professor of Architecture at Harvard University, and in fall, 1993 he was the Eliot Noyes Visiting Design Critic at Harvard. Currently he is the first Irwin S. Chanin Distinguished Professor of Architecture at The Cooper Union in New York City and a visiting professor at Princeton University.

Mr. Eisenman is the author of several books, including House X (Rizzoli), Fin d'Ou T HouS (The Architectural Association), Moving Arrows, Eros and Other Errors (The Architectural Association), and Houses of Cards (Oxford University Press), and co-author of Chora L Works with Jacques Derrida (The Monacelli Press). His work is also featured in three other books, The Wexner Center for the Visual Arts (Rizzoli), Cities of Artificial Excavation (Canadian Centre for Architecture and Rizzoli) and Eleven Authors in Search of a Building (The Monacelli Press), and in two monographs, Eisenman Architects (Images Press) and Peter Eisenman (Electa). In addition, he was the Editor of Oppositions Journal and Oppositions Books , and he has published numerous essays and articles on his architectural theories to international magazines and journals.

Mr. Eisenman received a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from Cornell University, a Master of Architecture Degree from Columbia University, M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Cambridge, and an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Illinois Chicago.

1998, Peter Eisenman


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