AD Interviews: Steven Holl

A few months ago I had the chance to meet , whose work I admire. I think that he has been able to innovate and challenge programs as we used to know them, and experiment with materials and structures, while sticking to what really matters in architecture: space, context and light.

When I attended his “Disobedience” lecture in Columbia (during Kenneth Frampton’s 80th birthday) I  understood how this disobedience is tied to his constant investigations, and then reflected on his buildings (like the competition for the Nelson Atkins museum as he tells on the video). I also really liked the fact that he’s very down to earth, and how he started his career and moved to the east coast. If you ever had the chance to attend one of his lectures, don’t miss it!

Steven Holl along with partner Chris McVoy lead Steven Holl Architects, one of the more innovative architecture and urban design offices in the world. A graduate of the University of Washington, Holl also studied in Rome and London before heading to New York to establish an architecture practice.

Holl has also contributed to the profession as an educator; the architect and watercolorist has taught at Columbia University since 1981, where he is a tenured faculty member. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and the recipient of the New York American Institute of Architects Medal of Honor and the prestigious Alvar Aalto Medal.

’ has been recognized internationally by some of architecture’s most prestigious awards. Recent recognition for SHA work includes 2010 P/A Award for LM Harbor Gateway and the 2009 CTBUH Best Tall Building Overall for Linked Hybrid. Their numerous AIA awards include the AIA 2008 Institute Honor Award as well as a Leaf New Built Award 2007 for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City; the AIA 2007 Institute Honor Award, AIA New York Chapter 2007 Merit Architecture Award, and a RIBA International Award for the School of Art & Art History at the University of Iowa. And the New Residence at the Swiss Embassy in Washington, D.C was awarded an AIA New York Chapter 2007 Honor Architecture Award and the RIBA International Award.

Steven Holl is also present in the social web via their Facebook page and @stevenhollarch on Twitter.

SHA’s completed works featured on ArchDaily:

In Progress:

Video credits: J.P. Barrera Faus (Editing), J.C. Labarca (Camera).

Cite: Basulto, David. "AD Interviews: Steven Holl" 06 Oct 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 Nov 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=174211>
  • Dionisos

    great interview with an outstanding great man in architecture!

  • ale gaddor

    ONE MOMENT OF CLARITY WITH STEVEN HOLL

  • http://www.n8studious.com Murali Krishna Nerusu

    thank you Mr.Steven Holl

  • Chris

    Knows himself, knows his work, knows his field. Matter of fact, not snooty. Very good interview.

    • http://barry.com Barry

      Agreed, I thought it was an inspiring interview. In most of the other interviews I’ve seen on here, the architects just try to show how abstract and poetic they are.

  • RG

    great interview.

    id really love one with murcutt or the guys on cameron sinclairs tshirt from the archdaily interview.

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