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Steven Holl / Steven Holl Architects

September 25, 2013 - 7:00pm

Steven Holl will present a public lecture in the Wexner Center for the Arts' Mershon Auditorium at 7:00PM on Wednesday, September 25. The lecture is free and open to the public, and is co-sponsored by the Knowlton School and the Wexner Center. Holl is a tenured faculty member at Columbia University where he has taught since 1981. He was the recipient of the 2012 AIA Gold Medal. His firm has been honored with many awards, publications, and exhibitions for excellence in design, most recently, their Cité de l’Océan et du Surf Museum won the Emirates Glass Leaf Award, the Annual Design Review, and the American Architecture Award. In 2001, Holl was named America’s Best Architect by Time.

Steven Holl Architects is an architecture and urban design office working globally as one office from two locations: New York City and Beijing. With each project, the firm explores new ways of integrating an organizing idea with the programmatic and functional essence of a building, “always using the unique character of a program and a site as the starting point for an architectural idea.” Major works include Kiasma Contemporary Art Museum in Helsinki, Finland, the 2003 Simmons Hall at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the 2009 Linked Hybrid mixed-use complex in Beijing, China. Holl’s Simmons Hall project was the subject of the fifth volume of the Source Books in Architecture series produced by the Knowlton School.

Most recent projects include the Daeyang Gallery and House in Seoul and The Columbia University Campbell Sports Center in New York City. Currently in construction are the new Glasgow School of Art, the Nanjing Sifang Museum of Art, and the Beirut Marina.

Holl’s architecture and writing has undergone a shift in emphasis, from his earlier concern with typology to his current interest in phenomenology. Along with Juhani Pallasmaa and Alberto Perez-Gomez, Holl wrote essays for the Japanese architectural journal A+U under the title “Questions of Perception: Phenomenology of Architecture.” The publication was reissued as a book in 2006.


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