Peter Eisenman was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 9th Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2004.
Fragments of the many practices of the American architect Peter Eisenman are the subject of Barefoot on white-hot walls, published in conjunction with the exhibition at the MAK, Vienna. This volume gathers critical texts by Peter Eisenman and other authors, including Mark Wigley, Greg Lynn, and Emmanuel Petit, ample project illustrations from Eisenman's entire career, such as the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin and the City of Culture of Galicia in Santiago de Compostela, as well as documentation of the exhibit installation itself. Both the catalogue and the exhibition are collections of autonomous fragments of different moments in Eisenman's varied practice as an architect, including design projects since the 1970s, building analyses, lecture excerpts, biographical information, and critical writings. It is as much a retrospective of nearly forty years of Eisenman's work as it is a document that considers the contemporary relevance of some of his architectural key concepts. The architect: Peter Eisenman was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1932. Fellow at the American Institute of Architects; founder and CEO of Eisenman Architects of New York City. M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Cambridge University. He founded the Institute of Architecture and Urban Studies in 1967 and was its director until 1982. Editor of the journal Oppositions from 1973 to 1984. Peter Eisenman has received numerous awards and prizes for his work, including a Stone Lion for his contribution to the 3rd Venice Biennale of Architecture in 1985. He has served on the faculty of several universities, including Yale, Princeton, and Cambridge, and is currently a professor at Cooper Union in New York City and at Yale University. He is the author of numerous publications on contemporary architecture. Exhibition schedule: MAK, Vienna, December 15, 2004-May 22, 2005