Steven Holl, professor of architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP), and founder of Steven Holl Architects, will deliver the fall University Lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 1. His lecture will focus on architecture as a catalyst for improving urban development and on its potential to create positive change.
The 6:30 p.m. lecture, sponsored by the offices of the President and the Provost, is free and open to the public, and will be held in the Low Library Rotunda. Reservations are required and can be made at https://www.college.columbia.edu/calendar3/projects/president/ulecture/rsvp.php, or by calling 212-870-2537.
Holl's lecture, "Urbanisms," is an argument for new, densely-packed urban developments that also preserve the natural landscape. The lecture will be divided into five sections -- fragments, porosity, insertions, precincts, and fusion -- each of which will be illustrated by Holl's current projects, including recent competition winning schemes in Knokke-Heist, Belgium, and Biarritz, France.
Holl, declared "America's Best Architect" by Time Magazine in 2001, has been awarded architecture's most prestigious awards and prizes including: Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (FRIBA); the Smithsonian Institute's Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture (2002); the French Grande Médaille d'Or (2001), the Alvar Aalto Medal (1998); the AIA Medal of Honor (1997); and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Arnold W. Brunner Prize (1990). Holl has also published numerous texts including Anchoring (1989) and Parallax (2000).
His works include the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, Finland, The Sarphatistraat Offices, Amsterdam (2000) and Chapel of St. Ignatius, Seattle, Washington (1997).
Steven Holl Architects recently won two international design competitions, having been selected to design the Cité du Surf et de l'Ocean, Biarritz, France; and Sail Hybrid, a resort project in the seaside town of Knokke-Heist, Belgium.