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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 in he 1977 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 been recognized with architecture's most prestigious awards and prizes. Recently, Steven Holl received the 2014 Praemium Imperiale, 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). In 2012, Steven Holl received the Alumnus Summa Laude Dignatus Award from the University of Washington, and has received honorary degrees from Seattle University and Moholy-Nagy University in Budapest. In 2003 he was named Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). In 2002 the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, part of the Smithsonian Institute, awarded him their prestigious National Design Award in Architecture. In 2001 France bestowed the Grande Médaille d'Or upon him, for Best Architect of the Academy of Architecture; and in the same year Time Magazine declared him "America's Best Architect" for his 'buildings that satisfy the spirit as well as the eye'. 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), Intertwining (1996), Parallax (2000), Idea and Phenomena (2002), Luminosity/Porosity (2006), House: black swan theory (2007), Architecture Spoken (2007), Urbanisms: Working with Doubt (2009), Hamsun Holl Hamarøy (2010), Horizontal Skyscraper (2011), Color Light Time (2012), and Scale (2012). Most recently published is Urban Hopes (2013). Steven Holl is a member of the American National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), the American Institute of Architects, the American Association of Museums, the Honorary Whitney Circle, the Whitney Museum of American Art; and the International Honorary Committee, Vilpuri Library, of the Alvar Aalto Foundation.
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Chris McVoy has been with Steven Holl Architects since 1993 and was made partner in 2000. He is responsible for overseeing the projects in the New York office, working closely with Steven Holl and clients to finalize the program, design, and budget, and coordinating and managing the full consultant team, including associate architects. He has been the partner-in-charge and co-designer for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, the Whitney Water Purification Facility and Park, the Campbell Sports Center at Columbia University, and the Glasgow School of Art. He is currently partner-in-charge for the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU, and the new Visual Arts Building at the University of Iowa. Chris McVoy received his Bachelors Degree in Architecture from the University of Virginia and his Masters of Architecture from Columbia University. He was honored with a Guggenheim Studentship in 1985; a William Kinne Travel Fellowship and an American Scandinavian Foundation Grant.
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Noah Yaffe has been with Steven Holl Architects since 2004 and was named partner in 2011. He attended Colorado College and received his Masters in Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. He is currently the Partner in Charge for the Lewis Center for Creative and Performing Arts at Princeton University and the new Seona Reid Building at the Glasgow School of Art, in Glasgow, Scotland. He has been Associate in Charge for several projects, including the Knut Hamsun Center in Hamarøy, Norway, and the Herning Museum of Contemporary Art in Herning Denmark, which both opened in 2009.
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Molly Blieden joined Steven Holl Architects in 1992, and has been involved in the financial and contractual management and shaped the public presentation of most projects in the office during that time. She also has maintained an independent career as a practicing artist and educator. Ms. Blieden received her BA from Princeton and her MFA from Rutgers University in 1992. She participated in the Whitney Museum Independent Studio Program in 1992-3.
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Roberto Bannura has been with Steven Holl Architects since 2007 and was made Director of the Beijing office in 2010. He oversees the projects developed in the Beijing office, working closely with Steven Holl and the New York team in design matters, while taking charge of the overall client and consultant team management. Roberto received his degree of Architect and Urban Planner from the Universidad de Chile in 1995, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He then continued his studies in Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile where he obtained a degree on Urban Economy in 1997. He has been the Associate-in-Charge for the Sliced Porosity Block in Chengdu, and the Project Director for Hangzhou Shan-Shui and the Ecology and Planning Museums in Eco-City Tianjin.
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Olaf Schmidt has been with Steven Holl Architects since 2002. He is the Associate in Charge of the Queens Library project for the Department of Design and Construction, and was Associate in Charge of the Campbell Sports Center at Columbia University in New York City, and the Knokke Heist Casino Development in Belgium. While at SHA he has been the Project Architect for the Residence at the Swiss Embassy in Washington (2006) and the Loisium Hotel in Austria (2005). Mr. Schmidt received his Masters Degree in Architecture from ETH Zurich.
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Jongseo Lee is a senior associate at Steven Holl Architects, and the associate in charge of all projects in Korea. Jongseo holds a M.Arch from Columbia University's GSAPP, and a M.Arch and B.Arch in Architecture Engineering from Yongsei University in Seoul, Korea. He has been the project architect for numerous projects in the office including the Daeyang Gallery and House (Seoul, Korea), Sliced Porosity Block (Chengdu, China), envelope design and construction administration for the Kennedy Center Expansion (Washington, D.C.), the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University (Princeton, USA), the Visual Arts Building at University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA), the Reid Building at Glasgow School of Art (Glasgow, UK) and the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA). He has acted as project designer on Linked Hybrid (Beijing, China), and has been on the project team of the Herning Museum of Contemporary Art (Herning, Denmark), Nanjing Sifang Art Museum (Nanjing, China), Horizontal Skyscraper-Vanke Center (Shenzhen, China), NYU Department of Philosophy (New York, NY), and the Beirut Marina and Town Quay (Beirut, Lebanon). Along with his built experience, Jongseo has led the team for several international competitions including WDPC (Seoul, Korea) and the Busan Cinema Complex (Busan, Korea). Currently, he is the associate in charge of Meander Housing (Helsinki, Finland) which he has overseen since the project’s competition phase.
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Garrick Ambrose has been with Steven Holl Architects since 2003. He received his Masters of Architecture from Harvard University and his Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from Cornell University. He is currently in charge of The Expansion to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. He has served as project architect for several projects including 'T' Space in Dutchess County, NY, Horizontal Skyscraper-Vanke Center in Shenzhen China, and the New Doctorate's Building for the National University of Colombia in Bogota.
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Marcus joined Steven Holl Architects in 2007. He is currently the associate-in-charge of the Copenhagen Gate and an Arts Programming Study for Williams College. He is also on the project teams for the new fine arts building at Franklin & Marshall and Rubenstein Commons for the Institute of Advanced Studies. Recently, Marcus completed two private residences in New York State. Prior to this, he was project architect for the Highline Hybrid Tower and was on the project teams of the Campbell Sports Center, Daeyang Gallery & House, Loisium Alsace and the Shenzhen 4 Towers in 1 master plan competition. Marcus holds a master’s degree from the Yale School of Architecture and a bachelor of architecture from the University of Kansas. While at Yale, he was editor of Perspecta, the Yale Architectural Journal. Marcus is LEED Accredited and is a registered architect in New York State.
Managing Associate, Asia
Eleanore Ho joined Steven Holl Architects in 2007. She graduated from New York University in 2005 with a master degree in Performing Arts Administration.
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Filipe Taboada received his architecture degree from Oporto Lusíada University in 2004 and joined Steven Holl Architects in 2006. He has worked on several projects such the Herning Museum of Contemporary Art (Herning, Denmark), Cite De L'Ocean Et Du Surf (Biarritz, France), Horizontal Skyscraper-Vanke Center (Shenzhen, China), Queens Library (NY, USA), Frederic Malle Perfume Store (NY, USA) and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (Houston, TX, USA).
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Dimitra Tsachrelia received her Diploma in Architecture from the Patras University, School of Architecture, Greece in 2007. She obtained her M.Arch from Columbia University, GSAPP in 2008 and was awarded the Lucille Smycer Lowenfish Memorial Prize and the Honor Award for Excellence in Design. She joined Steven Holl Architects the same year. Among other projects and competitions, she worked on the Campbell Sports Center in New York and the Glasgow School of Art. She is currently the project architect for the VCU Institute for Contemporary Art in Richmond, VA.
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Christina joined SHA in 2006 after receiving her B.Arch from the Cooper Union where she received the Ludlow Annual Prize for her Thesis Project. Among other projects she worked on Biarritz Cite de L'Ocean et Du Surf, Herning Museum of Contemporary Art and the winning proposal for the Lewis Center for the Creative and Performing Arts. She went on to continue her studies and receive her Master of Architecture and Urban Design at Harvard's GSD where she received the Dean's Merit scholarship. Upon her graduation in 2011 Christina returned to SHA to work on projects including VCU Institute for Contemporary Art and completing construction drawings for the Lewis Center for the Creative and Performing Arts.
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Wenying Sun joined Steven Holl Architects in 2012. She received a B.Arch from Harbin Institute of Technology in China, and an M.Arch from Iowa State University. She is currently working on ChinPaoSan Necropolis in Taipei, Taiwan,
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Yiqing has been with Steven Holl Architects since 2013. Prior to joining the firm, she received her Master in Advanced Architecture design from Columbia University in New York and Bachelor of Architecture from Tongji University in Shanghai. She was honored with the first design reward when she graduated from Tongji.
Yiqing is currently the project architect of the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She also contributes as the key team member on the new Kinder Building at the museum and the Tushino Residential project in Moscow. Previously, she worked on the Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle in New York and was the project architect for the Lizi SOHO tower competition in Beijing.
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Yun Shi received her Master in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University in 2013. Yun also holds a B.Arch from Beijing University of Technology and M.Arch from Syracuse University. She joined Steven Holl Architects in 2013. She is the project architect for the winning international competition for the Mumbai City Museum and the Shanghai Museum and CBD competition. Her major contributions also include design work for the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Taipei ChinPaoSan Necropolis, and the Williams College Museum of Art. She is currently working on Rubenstein Commons for the Institute for Advanced Study.
Assistant Project Architect
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Suk Lee joined Steven Holl Architects in 2015 and he is currently responsible for construction administration as the assistant project architect of Hunters Point Community Library in Queens, NY. He received his Master of Architecture degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he received international design awards including 2014 Holcim Award and 2015 Re-Thinking the Future Award for his graduate thesis. Suk received B.A. in Architectural Studies from University of Washington in 2008 and later received 2017 Alumni GOLD (Graduate of the Last Decade) Award. His other contributions at SHA include Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Art in Houston, Malawi Library in Lilongwe, and ongoing residential tower projects. Suk is LEED Green Associate and he is a registered architect in Massachusetts.
Assistant Project Architect
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Carolina joined Steven Holl Architects in June 2015, right after she received a B.Arch from Virginia Tech, where she was a finalist for the Best Thesis Pella Prize. During her studies, Carolina spent a year in the Accademia di Architettura in Mendrisio, Switzerland studying under the guidance of world renowned architects. She is currently working on Franklin & Marshall College New Visual Arts Building.
Assistant Project Architect
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Magdalena joined Steven Holl Architects in 2013. She received her Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University in 2012 and her Bachelor of Architecture and Fine Arts from Wellesley College in 2008. She also studied History and Theory of Architecture at Cambridge University, UK. Magdalena has worked at offices in Europe, China, and the US. She is currently working on the Kennedy Center Expansion project in Washington, DC. Her other contributions include the Planning and Ecology Museums in Tianjin, China, and a number of competitions. With a background in fine arts and architecture, Magdalena enjoys the plastic quality of space the projects she is involved in carry and is strongly interested in the multiple dimensions they engage.
Director of Fabrication
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Michael Haddy holds a BA from Miami University and an M.Arch from University of Cincinnati. He joined Steven Holl Architects in early 2015 after working with several renowned firms in New York and Los Angeles. With a background in digital fabrication, finish carpentry, and metals, he maintains day to day shop operations. He is currently working on several projects including National University in Bogota Columbia.
Assistant Project Architect
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Ruoyu Wei received a bachelor's degree in Architecture from Tianjin University, China in 2013. He earned a master's degree in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University in 2014 and was awarded the Lucille Smyser Lowenfish Memorial Prize. He joined Steven Holl Architects the same year. Ruoyu is currently in charge of several international competitions and a House extension project in Upstate New York.
Assistant Project Architect
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Whitney Forward received her Master of Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design in 2012 and her Bachelor of Science from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2008. She joined Steven Holl Architects in 2014 and is working on competitions and projects to be announced in upcoming months.
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Lourenzo received his Masters of Architecture from USI Academia di Architettura in Mendriso, Switzerland under the instruction of world renown architects. He also received BScARCH from the same Institution, which included a year exchange at Virginia Tech University. He is a member of the Portuguese Architects Association and worked in Lisbon previous to SHA. Lourenzo joined SHA in January 2017; he has worked on the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and is now working on the Miracle for Africa Foundation Library in Malawi.
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Seo Hee Lee received B.Arch. from Pratt Institute where she received Academic Excellence Award in 2013 among other honors and awards. She holds M.S.AAD (Advanced Architectural Degree) from Columbia University, GSAPP in 2016 and received Honor award for Excellence in Design from a research “Things That Makes Human and Architecture”. Seo Hee taught design studio at Columbia University, GSAPP after receiving Masters in 2016. She joined Steven Holl Architects in 2017 is currently working on Taiwan ChinPaoSan Necropolis and on other international competitions.
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Meghan Bean received her MFA in Visual Art, with a focus in Painting from Washington University in St. Louis, and her BFA in Fine Arts from Mount Mercy University in Iowa. She has experience working as a Project Assistant and Executive Assistant for multiple international architecture firms. Meghan has also worked in administration at several major arts institutions across the US and exhibits her work both nationally and internationally.
Executive Assistant to Steven Holl
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Connor Stankard received her B.F.A. in Fine Arts, with a focus in painting from Pace University in New York. She has experience working as a Studio Manger to a number of artists. Prior to joining Steven Holl Architects, Connor was the Assistant Editor at a cultural journal. She maintains a studio practice and has shown in several gallery exhibitions in New York and Los Angeles.
Executive Assistant to Steven Holl
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Julie Heffernan received her BS in Ecology from the University of Guelph and her BFA in Fine Art from York University in Canada. Before joining Steven Holl Architects, Julie worked as an environmental researcher in Canada and in arts administration at several of New York City’s leading art museums.
Director of Outreach
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Alessandra Calaguire joined Steven Holl Architects in 2016 after receiving her M.Arch from Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation in 2016. At GSAPP she received an Honor Award for Excellence in Design. She also holds a B.S. in Architecture from University of Virginia. Since joining Steven Holl Architects, she has worked on ChinPaoSan Necropolis in Taipei, Taiwan, and the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, NJ.
Graphics Specialist / Marketing Coordinator
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Camille joined Steven Holl Architects in September 2017 as Graphics Specialist and Marketing Coordinator. She graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University in 2015 with a B.A. in Urban Studies (Architecture) and Economics. She also studied Urban Planning and Design at the Bartlett School of the Built Environment at University College London.
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Zhu joined Steven Holl Architects in 2017. She received her Master of Architecture from University of New Mexico in 2015 and a Bachelor of Economics from Xiamen University in China.
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Tsung-Yen joined Steven Holl Architects in 2017. He received his M.Arch from UCLA in 2016 and B.Arch from Tamkang University in Taiwan.
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Yuanchu Yi received a bachelor's degree from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, in 2016. He joined Steven Holl Architects in January 2017 and is currently working on Taiwan ChinPaoSan Necropolis and Shanghai COFCO Cultural and Health Center.