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Architect Peter Waldman wins prestigious Rome Prize

By Jane Ford

Peter Waldman
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Architecture professor Peter Waldman is a winner of the 103rd Rome Prize competition. Awarded by the American Academy in Rome, the prestigious prize provides fellowships for American artists and scholars to live and work at the academy's compound atop the city's Janiculum Hill. The academy awarded 27 Rome Prizes in the fields of architecture, design, historic preservation and conservation, landscape architecture, literature, musical composition, visual arts, archaeology, classical studies, history of art, modern Italian studies and post-classical humanistic studies.

Winners, selected by jurors in an open competition, receive stipends and living and working accommodations in Rome for terms that range from six months to two years. Their work is later presented in exhibitions, performances, concerts and lectures both in Rome and at the academy's headquarters in New York City.

Waldman received one of three prizes awarded in architecture. He will spend his time in Rome from Dec. 21, the winter solstice, to June 21, the summer solstice. "I am interested in creating a book of hours, days and seasons, of stones and surfaces which act as mirrors of the moon," Waldman said. From the vantage of the seven hills to the flood plain of the Tiber River, Waldman plans to look at Rome in relation to what has interested him as a practicing architect and educator and what he refers to as "spatial tales of origin."

The winner of several Progressive Architecture Design Awards, Waldman has an extensive residential practice and his work has been published internationally in Global Architecture, Area, and Architecture. Waldman has been a professor in the Department of Architecture since 1992 and served as its chair from 1995 to 1998. In his 30-year teaching career, he has taught at Princeton, Harvard, Rice and the University of Cincinnati. He was given the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture's 1996 Distinguished Professor Award.

The American Academy in Rome is the oldest American overseas center for independent study, advanced research and creative work in the arts and the humanities. Founded in 1894 and chartered by an act of Congress in 1905, it is supported entirely by private contributions from foundations, corporations and individuals. The academy also receives fellowship funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and project grants from the U.S. Department of Education and the National Endowment for the Arts.


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