IAAC Lecture Series: Peter Eisenman

IAAC had the pleasure to welcome one of the ‘ New York Five’.

Peter Eisenman came back to Barcelona after 15 years with a lecture at IAAC .

Peter Eisenman and “Whither Achitecture?”

Wither, as Mr. Eisenman explained, means to dry/to die, whither with “h” on the other hand has another significance: what of …Therefore “what of Achitecture?”


“I  don’t want to be controversial , I just want to tell you about the world that we live in today¨

Peter Eisenman was a member of the New York Five five architects (Eisenman, Charles Gwathmey, John Hejduk, Richard Meier and Michael Graves) back in 1967 and editor of the critical magazine ‘oppositions’ in 1973.

As founder and design principal of Eisenman Architects, Mr. Eisenman has received multiple awards such as:

Wolf Prize in Architecture awarded by the Wolf Foundation in Israel,
Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement by the International Architecture Biennale in Venice in 2004,
Medal of Honor from the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 2001,
Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture in 2001.

Mr. Eisenman has also created a great number of award-winning projects such as 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.

Mr. Eisenman is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Popular Science magazine named Mr. Eisenman one of the top five innovators of 2006 for the University of Phoenix Stadium for the NFL Arizona Cardinals.

He is currently the Charles Gwathmey Professor of Architecture at Yale.




Peter Eisenman (Eisenman Architects),Vicente Guallart (Director IAAC) and Willy Müller (Co-Director MAA).



Peter Eisenman and IAAC MAA students.

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