Following Moshe Safdie’s selection to be the next AIA Gold Medalist, the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) and Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) has announced Peter Eisenman, FAIA, as winner of the 2015 Topaz Medallion. Eisenman, known for a lifetime of scholarly work and his long associations with Princeton, Harvard, Cooper Union and Yale, will be honored for his global impact on architectural education after more than 60 years of teaching.
“There are probably very few schools of architecture where Peter is yet to have lectured,” wrote Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, in a recommendation letter.
A Cornell and Columbia graduate, Eisenman has served as a visiting critic, lecture and professor at a number of prestigious universities worldwide. As the AIA describes, “the shadow cast by his tenure looms over generations of architects;” Tod Williams, Daniel Libeskind, Shigeru Ban, and another Topaz recipient, Harrison Fraker have all studied under him.