Steven Holl awarded 2012 AIA Gold Medal

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The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Board of Directors has awarded Steven Holl, FAIA with the annual . The Gold Medal represents the highest award an architect may receive, honoring their “humanist approach to formal experimentation.” The world renowned architect and Columbia University professor continues to inspire and influence the practice and theory of architecture.

In a recommendation letter, Harry Cobb, FAIA, of Pei Cobb Freed stated, “What, in my view, especially commends him as a candidate for the Gold Medal is his brilliantly demonstrated capacity to join his refined design sensibility to a rigorously exploratory theoretical project.”

The AIA highlighted two of Holl’s projects – Linked Hybrid in Beijing and Vanke Center in Shenzhen – stating they are “emblematic of his approach to architecture and his innovative method of design inquiry.”

 “I am grateful, I am still beginning and I consider this award shared with all my collaborators. I feel this award is a positive advocacy to make theoretical explorations and experimental works. I was on the way to my final review at Columbia University when I received the call from Washington D.C. and felt it connected to my teaching and efforts toward education. I remember John Hejduk’s statement that teaching is a social contract, and I remain committed to teaching.”

- Steven Holl, FAIA

The award will be presented at the AIA Convention in Washington D.C. in May, 2012.

You can watch our interview with Steven Holl and see his projects here.

 

Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "Steven Holl awarded 2012 AIA Gold Medal" 09 Dec 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 Jul 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=190888>

3 comments

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    I’m disappointed to see that the man who designed such pretentious projects as Simmons Hall and a host of other inhuman quasi-intellectual lumps was given this award.

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    Way to go AIA! We need more hideous buildings like Simmons Hall and more pretentious writings like ‘Anchoring’.

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