November 16, 2020 - The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art - The Becoming Unmotivated of the Sign by Peter Eisenman
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November 16, 2020
November 16, 2020

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Leon Battista Alberti, Facade of Palazzo Rucellai. Courtesy of Eisenman Architects.

The Becoming Unmotivated of the Sign by Peter Eisenman
The Cooper Union Robert Gwathmey Chair in Architecture and Art Lecture
November 17, 2020, 2pm

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The Becoming Unmotivated of the Sign by Peter Eisenman
The Cooper Union Robert Gwathmey Chair in Architecture and Art Lecture
November 17, 2020, 2pm

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Peter Eisenman, the internationally recognized architect and educator known for award-winning large-scale housing and urban design projects, innovative facilities for educational institutions, and series of inventive private houses, gives The Cooper Union Robert Gwathmey Chair in Architecture and Art Lecture. Following his lecture, there will be a roundtable with respondents Pier Vittorio Aureli, Preston Scott Cohen, Elisa Iturbe, and Greg Lynn, with Nader Tehrani, Dean of Cooper's The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, as moderator. This online event is free and open to the public. 

Prior to establishing a full-time architectural practice in 1980, Mr. Eisenman worked as an independent architect, educator, and theorist. In 1967, he founded the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies (IAUS), an international think tank for architecture in New York, and served as its director until 1982.

Mr. Eisenman is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Among other awards, 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. He was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 2004 Venice Architecture Biennale. Popular Science magazine named Mr. Eisenman one of the top five innovators of 2006 for the University of Phoenix Stadium for the Arizona Cardinals. In May 2010 Mr. Eisenman was honored with the Wolf Foundation Prize in the Arts, awarded in Jerusaleum. He is the recipient of the Gold Medal for Architecture by The American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2020.

Currently a Visiting Professor at the Yale School of Architecture, Mr. Eisenman’s academic career also includes teaching at Cambridge, Princeton, Harvard, and Ohio State universities. Previously he was the Irwin S. Chanin Distinguished Professor of Architecture at The Cooper Union, in New York City. He is also an author, whose most recent books include: Lateness (Princeton University Press, 2020), 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 ten different architects.

Mr. Eisenman holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University, a Master of Science in Architecture degree from Columbia University, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Cambridge University (U.K). 

Pier Vittorio Aureli is an architect and educator whose focuses on the relationship between architectural form, political theory and urban history.
 
Greg Lynn is the founder and principal of Greg Lynn FORM office in Los Angeles, and a Professor at  the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, as well as a Professor at the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture. He is CEO and co-Founder of the Boston based robotics company Piaggio Fast Forward.
 
Preston Scott Cohen is a Professor of Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) and the Design Principal of Preston Scott Cohen, Inc. 
 
Elisa Iturbe is a Critic at the Yale University School of Architecture and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at The Cooper Union. She is the editor of Log 47, titled Overcoming Carbon Form, and co-author with Peter Eisenman of Lateness (2020).

Nader Tehrani is the Dean of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union and Principal of NADAAA, a practice dedicated to the advancement of design innovation, interdisciplinary collaboration, and an intensive dialogue with the construction industry. In 2020, he received the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize for his contributions to architecture as an art.

The Robert Gwathmey Chair, a rotating professorship in art and architecture, was established by Charles Gwathmey in 1993, in honor of his father, Robert Gwathmey, a professor of art at The Cooper Union from 1942 to 1968. This position has previously been held by Bill T. Jones, Norman Bryson, Peter Eisenman, Victor Burgin, Maya Lin, Vito Acconci, Hans Haacke, Michael Webb, Thomas Hirschhorn, and Torkwase Dyson.

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