Renowned architect Peter Eisenman to speak at Vanderbilt

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Peter Eisenman, an internationally recognized architect and educator who has designed projects ranging from NFL stadiums to unique private homes, will speak Sept. 23 at Vanderbilt University as part of the Chancellor’s Lecture Series.

Eisenman is the founder of New York-based Eisenman Architects and is the first Irwin S. Chanin Distinguished Professor of Architecture at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City, which is dedicated to preparing students for careers in art, architecture and engineering. He also is the Louis I. Kahn Visiting Professor of Architecture at Yale and a visiting professor at Princeton.

His lecture, “Architecture Matters,” will begin at 4 p.m. at the Student Life Center. A reception will follow the lecture at 5 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Kensington Garage at 25th Avenue and Kensington Place.

Eisenman’s current projects include a 68,000-seat multipurpose stadium for the Arizona Cardinals in Phoenix and a 75,000-square-foot complex, the City of Culture of Galicia in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, that includes two museums, two libraries and an opera house. He recently finished the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, which was dedicated May 10 in Berlin.

Among Eisenman’s award-winning projects are the Wexner Center for the Visual Arts and Fine Arts Library at The Ohio State University, and the Koizumi Sangyo Corporation headquarters building in Tokyo, which received National Honor Awards for Design from the American Institute of Architects.

Eisenman founded the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, an international think tank for architecture in New York, in 1967 and served as its director until 1982. 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 has a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, a master’s from Columbia University, and master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Cambridge University. His academic career includes work at Cambridge, Princeton, Yale and Ohio State.

Eisenman has written several books, most recently Eisenman: Inside Out, Selected Writings 1963-1988, published by Yale University Press in 2004. In addition, Eisenman’s numerous essays on architecture have appeared in magazines and journals worldwide, and The New York Times recently published a full-page article on Eisenman.

Eisenman’s lecture is the second this academic year in the ongoing Chancellor’s Lecture Series at Vanderbilt. The event scheduled for Oct. 6 with Elliot Eisner, Lee Jacks Professor of Education and Professor of Art at Stanford University, has been canceled due to an injury to Eisner. His lecture has not been rescheduled at this time.

Artist Laurie Anderson will speak at the Chancellor’s Lecture Series event on Nov. 16.

The Chancellor’s Lecture Series seeks to bring to the university and the wider Nashville community those intellectuals who are shaping the world today. For more information about the Chancellor’s Lecture Series, visit

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