Peter Eisenman Receives Gold Medal for Architecture from American Academy of Arts and Letters
Visiting Professor Peter Eisenman has been named this year’s recipient of the Gold Medal for Architecture awarded by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The Gold Medal is given to those who have “achieved eminence in an entire body of work.”
Peter Eisenman is founder of Eisenman Architects and the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York. He is well-known for his engagement with architecture theory and history, and is one of the leading figures of architectural postmodernism. His built work includes the Wexner Center for the Visual Arts in Columbus, Ohio; the Monument to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin; and the City of Culture in Galicia.
At Yale, Eisenman has taught at the School of Architecture every year since 2001, first as the Louis I. Kahn Visiting Professor from 2001 to 2009 and then as the Charles Gwathmey Professor in Practice from 2009 to 2019. His regular courses include advanced design studios and seminars in formal analysis—in the fall semester students examine the proportions and history of Renaissance architecture while in the spring semester they explore the progress of ideas in Modernist architecture.
David Blight, the Sterling Professor of American History at Yale, is also a recipient of a Gold Medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.