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Peter Eisenman at 2005 news conference in Berlin, Germany

Peter Eisenman in 2005

Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images ©2005 Getty Images

Born:

August 11, 1932 in Newark, New Jersey

Education:

  • Bachelor of Architecture Degree from Cornell
  • Master of Architecture Degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
  • M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Cambridge in England

Teaching:

Peter Eisenman currently teaches at Yale University, offering studio courses and courses in design, visual analysis, and architecture theory. Eisenman has also taught at Cambridge University, Harvard University, Princeton University, Ohio State University, and The Cooper Union.

Important Buildings and Projects:

  • 1989: Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio (with Richard Trott)
  • 1993: Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio
  • 1996: Aronoff Center for Design and Art, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1999-present: City of Culture of Galicia, Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain
  • 2005: Berlin Holocaust Memorial (Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe), Berlin
  • 2006: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

Related People:

Peter Eisenman headed an informal group of five New York architects who wanted to establish a rigorous theory of architecture independent of context. Called the New York Five, they were featured in a controversial 1967 exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art and in a later book titled Five Architects (compare prices). In addition to Peter Eisenman, the New York Five included:

More About Peter Eisenman:

Until recently, Peter Eisenman was known mainly as a teacher and a theorist. His first major public building was Ohio's Wexner Center for the Arts, designed with architect Richard Trott. Made up of complex grids and a collision of textures, the Wexler Center is a hallmark of Deconstructivist design.

Since then, Peter Eisenman has stirred controversy with buildings that appear disconnected from surrounding structures and historical context. Often called a Deconstructionist, Eisenman's writings and designs represent an effort to liberate form from meaning. Yet, while eschewing external references, Peter Eisenman's buildings may be called Structuralist in that they search for relationships within the building elements.

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