NEW YORK.- The National Art Club honored Steven Holl with the Gold Medal for Achievements in Architecture. The Gold Medal was presented to Steven Holl by New York’s National Arts Club, a longstanding promoter of the arts founded in 1898 in a black tie gala dinner. Speakers included Lebbeus Woods, Paola Iacucci, Chris McVoy, Molly Blieden, and Kenneth Frampton.
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. Considered one of America's most important architects, Steven Holl 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. Steven Holl has realized cultural, civic, academic and residential projects internationally and throughout the United States. Notable work includes the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, Finland (1998), The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri (2007) and Linked Hybrid in Beijing, China (2009). Steven Holl has been recognized with some of architecture's most prestigious awards and prizes. Most recently Steven Holl Architects’ The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art received the AIA 2008 Design and Building Type Awards and the 2008 AIA Honor Award for Architecture.