Congratulations to ICA architect Steven Holl who has won the Japan Art Association’s 2014 Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award for Architecture. The awards recognize lifetime achievement in the arts and are one of the most prestigious international prizes awarded in architecture, painting, sculpture, music and theater/film.

Holl, who received the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal in 2012, will be honored with the Praemium Imperiale Award at a ceremony in Tokyo on October 15.

Holl understands how art and architecture will coalesce in VCU’s ICA:

“We have designed the Institute for Contemporary Art building, the Markel Center, to be a flexible, forward-looking instrument that can illuminate the transformative possibilities of contemporary art.

“Like many contemporary artists working today, the ICA’s design does not draw distinctions between the visual and performing arts. The fluidity of the design allows for experimentation, and will encourage new ways to display and present art that will capitalize on the ingenuity and creativity apparent throughout the VCU campus.”

In addition to the ICA, Steven Holl Architects is designing the expansion on the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. as well as the expansion of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.