Architect, Theorist Peter Eisenman to Present 'Palladio' Lecture on Nov. 4

Peter Eisenman with Matt Roman, "Palladio Virtuel," an exhibition at the Yale School of Architecture Gallery, Aug. 20 to Oct. 27, 2012. (Photo by William Sacco, copyright the Yale School of Architecture)
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Peter Eisenman with Matt Roman, "Palladio Virtuel," an exhibition at the Yale School of Architecture Gallery, Aug. 20 to Oct. 27, 2012. (Photo by William Sacco, copyright the Yale School of Architecture)

Peter Eisenman will present a lecture titled "Palladio" at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, in Ken and Linda Sue Shollmier Hall, Room 250 of Vol Walker Hall, on the University of Arkansas campus, as part of the Fay Jones School of Architecture lecture series.

Eisenman is an internationally recognized architect, educator, theorist and author with a career defined by award-winning, large-scale housing and urban design projects, innovative facilities for educational institutions, and a series of inventive private houses. He worked as an independent architect, educator and theorist before establishing a full-time architectural practice in 1980, Eisenman Architects. In 1967, he founded the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, an international think tank for architecture in New York, and served as its director until 1982. Presently, Eisenman Architects is working on major urban projects in Istanbul and Pozzuoli, Italy.

Eisenman's volumetric analysis of Palladio's villas overturns much of the traditional thinking around the mathematical analysis of Palladio, and shows him to be an endlessly parametric experimenter and a paradigm for the present.

He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Among other awards, he received the Medal of Honor from the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 2001, and the Smithsonian Institution's 2001 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture. He was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 2004 Venice Architecture Biennale. In 2010, he received the Wolf Foundation International Prize in Architecture, and this year was presented with the AIA New York State Educator's Award.

Eisenman is currently the Charles Gwathmey Professor in Practice at the Yale School of Architecture. His most recent books include Written Into the Void: Selected Writings, 1990-2004 (Yale University Press, 2007) and Ten Canonical Buildings, 1950-2000 (Rizzoli, 2008), which examines in depth buildings by 10 different architects.

He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University, a Master of Science in Architecture degree from Columbia University, and Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Cambridge University (United Kingdom), as well as several honorary degrees.

The public is invited to attend this lecture, which is the school's Architecture Theory Lecture. Admission is free, with limited seating.

For more information, contact 479-575-4704 or visit


Michelle Parks, director of communications
Fay Jones School of Architecture


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