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 STEVEN HOLL ARCHITECTS in New York City.
Steven Holl has realized cultural, civic, academic and residential projects both in the United States and internationally. Notable work includes the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, Finland (1998), the Chapel of St. Ignatius, Seattle, Washington (1997), the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (2007), and the Horizontal Skyscraper-Vanke Center (2009). The Cité de l’Océan et du Surf museum, a collaboration with Solange Fabião opened in Biarritz in June 2011; the Daeyang House and Gallery will open in Seoul, Korea in Spring 2012, and the Nanjing Sifang Art Museum will open to the public in October 2012. Currently in design are the new University of Iowa Arts Building; the Princeton University Center of Creative and Performing Arts; the new Doctorate’s Building at the National University of Colombia, in Bogota; and the Queens Library in Long Island City, NY. Under construction are the large mixed-use Sliced Porosity Block in Chengdu, China; the Beirut Marina and Town Quay; the new Glasgow School of Art; and the Campbell Sports Center at Baker Athletics Complex at Columbia University.
Steven Holl is a tenured Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture and Planning. He has lectured and exhibited widely and has published numerous texts including Anchoring (1989), Parallax (2000), Luminosity/Porosity (2006), House: Black Swan Theory (2007), Architecture Spoken (2007), Urbanisms: Working With Doubt (Princeton Architectural Press, 2009) and Hamsun Holl Hamarøy (Lars Müller Publishers, 2010). Most recently published are his new books Horizontal Skyscraper (William Stout Publishers, 2011), Scale (Lars Müller Publishers, 2012) and Color Light Time (Lars Müller Publishers, 2012).