Founder and Principal

Eisenman Architects, New York City

Peter Eisenman is an internationally recognized architect and educator whose award-winning large-scale housing and urban design projects, innovative facilities for educational institutions, and series of inventive private houses attest to a career of excellence in design. Eisenman Architects’ current projects include a one-million-square-foot cultural complex, the City of Culture of Galicia in Santiago de Compostela, Spain (which includes two museums, two libraries, and a music theater); two railroad stations in Pompei, a media center for the University of Valencia in Gandia, Spain, and a masterplan for Pozzuoli, Italy.

Among Mr. Eisenman’s seminal projects are the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin, the Wexner Center for the Visual Arts and Fine Arts Library at The Ohio State University in Columbus and the Koizumi Sangyo Corporation headquarters building in Tokyo, which received National Honor Awards for Design from the American Institute of Architects. The firm’s social housing at Checkpoint Charlie, along the then Berlin Wall, also received a National Honor Award and was featured on a West German postage stamp commemorating the 750th Anniversary of the City of Berlin. The firm’s Aronoff Center for Design and Art, the University of Phoenix Stadium for the Arizona Cardinals, and City of Culture of Galicia have each been the subject of hour-long television programs. The firm’s work is also the subject of a number of books, most recently Tracing Eisenman (Thames & Hudson, 2006); Peter Eisenman: Tutte le Opere (Electa, 2007); and Eisenman Architects: University of Phoenix Stadium for the Arizona Cardinals (Princeton Architectural Press, 2008).

Mr. Eisenman is a member of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2001 he received the Medal of Honor from the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and the Smithsonian Institution’s 2001 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture. He was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement by the International Architectural Biennale in Venice in 2004. Popular Sciencemagazine named Mr. Eisenman one of the top five innovators of 2006 for the Cardinals’ new stadium. In 2007, Yale University Press published Mr. Eisenman’s Written Into the Void: Selected Writings, 1990-2004.

Mr. Eisenman is also a dedicated educator. His academic career includes teaching at Cambridge, Princeton, Harvard, and Ohio State universities, among other schools. He was the first Irwin S. Chanin Distinguished Professor of Architecture at The Cooper Union, in New York City, and is currently the Louis I. Kahn Visiting Professor of Architecture at Yale.

Mr. Eisenman holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University (1954), a Master of Science in Architecture degree from Columbia University (1960), and M.A. (1962) and Ph.D. (1963) degrees from Cambridge University (U.K). He holds honorary Doctorates of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois, Chicago, the Pratt Institute in New York, and Syracuse University. In 2003, he was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Architecture by the Università La Sapienza in Rome.

Selected Bibliography:

Ten Canonical Buildings: 1950-2000. Peter Eisenman. Edited by Ariane Lourie. New York: Rizzoli, 2008.

Eisenman Architects: University of Phoenix Stadium for the Arizona Cardinals. Edited by Todd Gannon. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2008.

Peter Eisenman: Tutte le Opere. Edited by Marco Biraghi. Milano: Electa, 2007.

Written Into the Void: Selected Writings, 1990-2004. Peter Eisenman. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2007.

Tracing Eisenman. London: Thames and Hudson, 2006. Edited by Cynthia Davidson.

The Formal Basis of Modern Architecture. Peter Eisenman. Baden: Lars Muller Publishers, 2006.

Holocaust Memorial Berlin. Photographs by Hélène Binet, Essay by Hanno Rauterberg. Baden: Lars Muller Publishers, 2005.

Eisenman Inside Out: Selected Writings, 1963-1988. Peter Eisenman. Edited by Mark Rakatansky. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2004.

Giuseppe Terragni: Transformations, Decompositions, Critiques. Peter Eisenman. New York: Monacelli Press, 2003.

Blurred Zones: Investigations of the Interstitial, Eisenman Architects, 1988-1998. Edited by Cynthia Davidson. New York: Monacelli Press, 2003.

Diagram Diaries. Peter Eisenman. New York: Universe, 1999.

Cities of Artificial Excavation: The Work of Peter Eisenman, 1978-1988. Edited by Jean-François Bédard. New York: Rizzoli, 1994.

Houses of Cards. Peter Eisenman. New York: Oxford University Press, 1987.

Five Architects: Eisenman, Graves, Gwathmey, Hejduk, Meier. Peter Eisenman, et al. New York: Oxford University Press, 1975.