As the founder of Steven Holl Architects, Steven Holl (born December 9, 1947) is recognized as one of the world's leading architects, having received prestigious awards for his contributions to design over the course of nearly forty years in practice, including the prestigious Alvar Aalto Medal in 1998, the AIA Gold Medal in in 2012, and the 2014 Praemium Imperiale. In 1991, Time Magazine named Holl America's Best Architect. He is revered for his ability to harness light to create structures with remarkable sensitivity to their locations, while his written works have been published in many preeminent volumes, sometimes collaborating with world-renowned architectural thinkers such as Juhani Pallasmaa and Alberto Pérez-Gómez. Holl was raised in Bremerton, Washington and studied at the University of Washington in Seattle, subsequently pursuing studies in architecture in Rome in 1970 and at the graduate level at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. Immediately after completing his studies, Holl founded his practice in New York City in 1976. The firm now has offices in New York and Beijing under the direction of Steven Holl and Senior Partner Chris McVoy. Holl and the firm have been the subject of dozens of exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art and London's Design Museum. Since 1981, Holl has been a tenured professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture and Planning.
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