Peter Eisenmann Interview: Advice to the Young

“Learn the language,” counsels the award-winning American architect Peter Eisenman, who is considered one of architecture’s foremost theorists of recent decades. Find out what he means in this short video.

Eisenman stresses the importance of communication and of knowing the language of the field you’re interested in, whether that is historical, musical, painterly or something else: “Whatever allows you to get to that, is where you should go as a young student.”

Peter Eisenman (b. 1932) is an American architect, whose architecture is often characterized as Deconstructivist. Eisenman rose to fame in the late 1960s as part of the New York Five, a group that shared an interest in the purity of architectural form and besides Eisenman included Charles Gwathmey, John Hejduk, Richard Meier, and Michael Graves. Among his work are House VI in Cornwall, Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin, and the City of Culture of Galicia in Santiago de Compostela. Eisenman is the recipient of numerous awards including the AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education (2015), the 2007 American Institute of Architects’ National Honor Award for Design, the 2004 Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in Architecture, Royal Institute of British Architects Jencks Award for Architectural Theory (2004), and the American Institute of Architects National Honour Award (1991, 1993, 1988). For more see:

Peter Eisenman was interviewed by Marc-Christoph Wagner at his studio in New York City in January 2020.

Camera: Jakob Solbakken

Edited by Klaus Elmer

Produced by Marc-Christoph Wagner

Copyright: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2020

Supported by Dreyers Fond




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