Steven Holl, Guy Nordenson, Anton Garcia-Abril

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Steven Holl, Guy Nordenson, Anton Garcia-Abril

Steven Holl
Steven Holl Architects, New York, NY
Professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

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. 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.

Guy Nordenson
Partner, Guy Nordenson and Associates, New York NY
Professor of Architecture and Structural Engineering, Princeton University

Guy Nordenson is a structural engineer and professor at Princeton University. He is a graduate of MIT (BSc Courses I and XXI), and the University of California at Berkeley (MS). He practiced structural engineering in San Francisco and New York, and in 1987 established and was a director of the New York office of Arup, until 1997 when he began his independent practice. Current projects include the expansion of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston with Steven Holl Architects and the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC with Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup. Nordenson was the structural engineer for the MIT Simmons Residence Hall with Steven Holl Architects. He currently serves as Commissioner of the NYC Public Design Commission and member of the NYC Panel on Climate Change. He is the first practicing structural engineer ever elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences!

His research project “On the Water | Palisade Bay” won the 2007 AIA Latrobe Prize, was published in 2010, and served as the inspiration for the MoMA workshop and exhibition “Rising Currents”. His research team at Princeton is leading a Rockefeller Foundation funded project including teams from Harvard University, City College and The University of Pennsylvania to develop “Structures of Coastal Resilience” in collaboration with the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Anton Garcia-Abril
Partner, Ensamble Studio
Professor, MIT Architecture

Antón García-Abril, (Madrid, 1969) is a European PhD Architect, full-professor at the School of Architecture and Planning of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), and he is currently developing a second doctoral thesis about “Stressed Mass” at the School of Civil Engineering of the Polytechnic University of Barcelona.

In 2000 he established ENSAMBLE STUDIO leading, together with his partner Débora Mesa, a cross-functional team with a solid research background on the lookout for new approaches to architectonical space, building technologies and urban strategies. Their built projects are exposed structures that explore the essence of materials to create space. The Music Studies Center and the SGAE Central Office in Santiago de Compostela, the Martemar House in Malaga, the Hemeroscopium House in Madrid, The Truffle in Costa da Morte (Spain) and more recently the Reader’s House in Madrid and the Telcel Theater in Mexico City have been internationally published.

Their office has been awarded with important prizes like The Rice Design Alliance Prize to emerging architects in 2009 or the Architectural Record Design Vanguard Prize in 2005, and was selected by SANAA to participate in the Venice Biennale of Architecture 2010. In 2012 has been curator of the Spanish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale presenting “Spainlab” and in 2013 Antón has been elected an International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for his services to international architecture and received the Iakov Chernikhov International Prize for young Architects around the World. Beside his professional career, he keeps a strong involvement with the academic community through teaching and research. He co-founded with Débora Mesa the Positive City Foundation in 2009, with the aim of forwarding their views on urban development, and they are in the process of setting up a research laboratory at MIT, the POPLab (Prototypes of Prefabrication Laboratory).

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