Wolf Prize Laureate in Architecture 2010
“for being an innovative architect and educator, for advancing the discipline of architecture through both theoretical texts and exceptional buildings of profound consequence”.
Peter Eisenman (born in 1932, U.S.A), innovative architect and educator, has advanced the discipline of architecture with theoretical texts and exceptional buildings of profound consequence. His critical redefinition of architecture, as a language and mode of thought, has influenced generations of architects and educators, internationally. Indeed, Eisenman is the most important leader in the establishment of a meaningful discourse among architects, theorists and historians. Throughout his career, Eisenman´s design and teaching methods have profoundly deepened knowledge of the forms and underlying principles of classical and modern architecture. His numerous theories have transformed the structure of meaning in architecture.
In his corpus and in those of the numerous architects he has analyzed, buildings become testaments to historical processes and the possibilities of architecture in the future. The relationships between object and subject, form and function, building and landscape, architecture and nature, are radically rethought. Eisenman’s bold and unsettling portrayal of destruction and erasure in the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin provides a new paradigm for memorialization that confronts tragedy and loss in an unforgettable way.