April 11, 2013
Peter Eisenman, FAIA
Peter Eisenman, FAIA was born in Newark, N.J. and attended Columbia High School in Maplewood, N.J.
He is an internationally recognized architect and educator whose award-winning, large-scale housing and urban design projects, innovative design for educational institutions and inventive private house designs attest to a career of excellence in design. Throughout his career he’s designed numerous notable projects, including the University of Phoenix stadium for the National Football League’s (NFL) Arizona Cardinals, which was the site of the NFL’s Super Bowl in 2008.
Eisenman, one of the “New York Five,” (Peter Eisenman, Michael Graves, Richard Meier, Charles Gwathmey and John Hejduk) has seen his work evolve and is often referred to as formalist, deconstructive, late avant-garde, late or high modernist. His work, which has been known to provoke controversy, and often seems disconnected from surrounding structures, is sometimes characterized as unpredictable, or even a form of controlled chaos.
Prior to establishing his architectural practice, Eisenman Architects, in 1980, Eisenman was primarily an educator and theorist. In 1967, he founded the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies (IAUS), an international think tank for architecture and served as its director until 1982. Eisenman has studied and made formal use of concepts from other fields in his imaginative designs, including linguistics, philosophy and mathematics.
His academic career includes teaching at numerous prestigious colleges and universities, including at Princeton University in Princeton, N.J. Eisenman is also widely published, with his most recent books including “Code X: The City of Culture of Galicia”; and “Eisenman: Inside Out, Selected Writings 1963-1988.”
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