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November 9th 1947, Bremerton, WA, USA

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Steven Holl Architects
450 West 31 Street, 11th floor
10001 New York, NY, USA

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Juhani Pallasmaa
Lebbeus Woods

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  • 1998 - Alvar Aalto Medal

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"Architecture is a manifold of space, light, material and time."
Steven Holl

Steven Holl Change this

Change thisNew York, NY, USA
born 1947, Bremerton, WA
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Steven Holl (born December 9, 1947, Bremerton, Washington) is an American architect who first gained reputation for the 1998 Kiasma Contemporary Art Museum in Helsinki, Finland.


Holl graduated from the University of Washington and pursued architecture studies in Rome in 1970. In 1976, he attended graduate school at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London and established his offices in New York City. Holl has taught at Columbia University since 1981.

Holl's architecture has undergone a shift in emphasis, from his earlier concern with typology to his current concern with a phenomenological approach; that is, with a concern for man's existentialist, bodily engagement with his surroundings. The shift came about partly due to his interest in the writings of philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty and architect-theorist Juhani Pallasmaa.


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