Steven Holl Architects was selected to design the VCU Institute for Contemporary Art from a pool of 63 competing architecture firms from around the world.

Based in New York City and Beijing, the firm has realized architectural works nationally and overseas, with extensive experience in the arts (including museum, gallery and exhibition design), campus and educational facilities, residential work and master planning. The firm has been internationally recognized with many of architecture’s most prestigious awards for quality and excellence in design, most recently the AIA 2012 Gold Medal Award. Steven Holl Architects designed the School of Art & Art History at the University of Iowa, the Campbell Sports Center at Columbia University and is currently working on the Center for Creative and Performing Arts at Princeton University, as well as expansions to the Kennedy Center in Washington and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Named by Time Magazine as America’s Best Architect, Steven Holl has a unique design sensibility for “buildings that satisfy the spirit as well as the eye.” He is recognized for his ability to blend space and light with great contextual sensitivity and to utilize the unique qualities of each project to create a concept-driven design. He specializes in seamlessly integrating new projects into contexts with particular cultural and historic importance. The firm has designed memorable structures for museums around the world including Kiasma: The Finnish Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki; The Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Denmark; the Cité de l’Océan et du Surf in Biarritz; and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, named by Time Magazine “#1 Architectural Marvel of 2007” and called “one of the best buildings of the last generation” by The New Yorker.

Steven Holl was born in 1947 in Bremerton, Washington. He graduated from the University of Washington and pursued architecture studies in Rome in 1970. In 1976 he attended the Architectural Association in London and established his firm in New York City. He is also a tenured Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture and Planning and has lectured and exhibited widely and has published numerous texts.


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