Part 4: Palladio Inside Out

Part 4 – Palladio Inside Out

Lecture Summary:

Palladio belongs to a second generation of humanist architects who challenged Bramante’s idea of a classical model for a contemporary organism. Moving from a natural model to a mathematical model Palladio’s work is instructive for today when such a change in the precedent model may again necessary. It seems Palladio is always relevant.

Speaker: Peter Eisenman


Peter Eisenman is an internationally recognized architect and educator whose award-winning large-scale housing and urban design projects, innovative facilities for educational institutions, and series of inventive private houses attest to a career of excellence in design.

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 Jerusalem. in 2020, he received the prestigious Gold Medal for Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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. He is also an author, whose most recent books include: Written Into the Void: Selected Writings, 1990-2004 (Yale University Press, 2007), Lateness (Princeton University Press, 2020). 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). He holds honorary Doctorates of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois, Chicago, the Pratt Institute in New York, and Syracuse University. In 2003, he was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Architecture by the Università La Sapienza in Rome.

Peter Eisenman October 2007 Photo by: Chris Wiley

Interlocutor: Barry Bergdoll


Barry Bergdoll is Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History at Columbia University, where he has been on the faculty since 1985 and the former Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at MoMA (2007-14).   A specialist in the history of architecture since 1750 with a special emphasis on France and Germany, he is the author or editor of books on numerous key architects of the 19th and 20th centuries including Léon Vaudoyer; Henri Labrouste; Karl Friedrich Schinkel; Viollet-le-Duc; Frank Lloyd Wright,  McKim, Mead & White; Mies van der Rohe; and Marcel Breuer, as well as the widely used textbook European Architecture 1750-1890 (2000).  He has curated  exhibitions at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, the Muséed’Orsay in Paris, and other venues.  At MoMA notably he organized Mies In Berlin (2001), Bauhaus 1919–1933: Workshops for Modernity (2009-2010), Rising Currents: Projects for New York’s Waterfront (2009-10), Latin America in Construction : Architecture 1955-1980 (2015) and Frank Lloyd Wright at 150 : Unpacking the Archive (2017).    The exhibition Reset: Towards a New Commons opens at the Center for Architecture, NY in April, and the exhibition Shaping Transformation: Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos in Mexico City in November.