Steven Holl (Principal); Photographer: Mark Heithoff

Chris McVoy (Senior Partner), Noah Yaffe (Partner); Photographer: Susan Wides


Steven Holl Architects is an internationally recognized, innovative architecture and urban design office with locations in New York City, San Francisco, and Beijing. Steven Holl founded the firm in 1976 and now has a total staff of 45. The firm has been recognized with numerous awards, publications, and exhibitions for quality and excellence in design; Steven Holl was named by Time magazine as "America’s Best Architect," for creating "buildings that satisfy the spirit as well as the eye." Most recently, SHA completed the Reid Building at The Glasgow School of Art (Glasgow, UK), Columbia University’s Campbell Sports Center (New York, NY) and the Sliced Porosity Block (Chengdu, China). The firm’s current work includes the Center for Creative and Performing Arts at Princeton University (Princeton, New Jersey), a new Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, new campus for the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (Houston, Texas), and the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts Expansion in Washington, D.C.


Steven Holl, Principal

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 joined the Architectural Association in London and established STEVEN HOLL ARCHITECTS in New York City. As founder and principal of Steven Holl Architects, Steven Holl is the designer of all projects ongoing in the office. Considered one of America’s most important architects, 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.

Steven Holl has been recognized with architecture’s most prestigious awards and prizes. He has received the 2014 Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award for Architecture, the 2012 AIA Gold Medal, the RIBA 2010 Jencks Award, and the first ever Arts Award of the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards (2009). Mr. Holl is a tenured Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture and Planning. He has also taught at the University of Washington, the Pratt Institute, and the University of Pennsylvania. Steven has lectured and exhibited widely and has published numerous texts.