Architect Peter Waldman
wins prestigious Rome Prize
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
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
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.