Tonight, The Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto is presenting a lecture by architect and educator Peter Eisenman entitled Architecture Against Itself.
Mr. Eisenman is a central figure in American architecture from the 60s until today. At times labeled a deconstructivist, a label he does not feel an affinity to, his built work and theories on architecture as a discipline have been quite influential in many disciplines.
The lecture begins at 6:30 pm in the Isabel Bader Theatre (93 Charles Street West). Seating is limited, so arrive early. Keep in mind, this lecture is not for the philosophically and theoretically faint of heart.
An extended bio (from the al&d) is after the jump.
Prior to establishing his practice in 1980, Mr. 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. He received a Stone Lion (First Prize) for his Romeo and Juliet project at the Third International Architectural Biennale in Venice in 1985, and was one of only two architects selected to represent the United States at the Fifth International Venice exhibition in 1991. The firm’s City of Culture of Galicia project was shown in the Ninth International Biennale in 2002. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Arnold W. Brunner Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He 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. In 2003 he was awarded the international Gabarrón Prize for the Arts.
Mr. Eisenman’s academic career includes teaching at the universities of Cambridge, Princeton, Yale, and Ohio State. At Harvard, he was the Arthur Rotch Professor of Architecture from 1982 to 1985, and the Eliot Noyes Visiting Design Critic in 1993. He is the first Irwin S. Chanin Distinguished Professor of Architecture at The Cooper Union, in New York City, and is currently also the Louis Kahn Professor of Architecture at Yale and a visiting professor at Princeton.
Mr. Eisenman publishes his writing widely and has produced a number of books, most recently, Blurred Zones: Investigations of the Interstitial, Eisenman Architects 1988-1998 and Giuseppe Terragni: Transformations, Decompositions, Critiques. Diagram Diaries was published in 1999, and Chora L Works, co-authored with Jacques Derrida, was published in 1997.
Mr. Eisenman holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University, a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Cambridge. He holds two honorary Doctorates of Fine Arts, from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and the Pratt Institute in New York. He was recently awarded an honorary Doctorate in Architecture by the Università La Sapienza in Rome.