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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 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 several projects, including the Rubenstein Commons at the Institute for Advance Study, and recently completed the Lewis Arts Complex at Princeton University and the new Seona Reid Building at the Glasgow School of Art, in Glasgow, Scotland. He was 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.
Roberto Bannura has been with Steven Holl Architects since 2007 and was named partner in 2018. 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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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.
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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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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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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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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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.
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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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Magdalena joined Steven Holl Architects in 2013 and is a registered architect in New York State. 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.
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.
Director of Fabrication
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Michael Haddy joined SHA in early 2015 and has since been in charge of developing and maintaining the firm’s state of the art prototyping and fabrication facility. Over the past few years he has been involved with many of the active projects at SHA, playing both architect and fabricator roles. His main research area is concentrated on interaction between digital fabrication methods and artistic craft, building and maintaining relationships with partnering fabricators and artists from all over the world. Many of the custom details the firm is known for originate in SHA shop such as lighting fixtures, castings, metals, glass, CNC millwork, 3D printed items, and much more. He holds a BA from Miami University and a Master of Architecture from University of Cincinnati's DAAP.
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.
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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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Lirong received his Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University. Subsequently he earned his master's degree in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University in 2018 and was awarded the Lucille Smyser Lowenfish Memorial Prize. Lirong joined Steven Holl Architects in June 2018. He has worked on several projects and competitions including the Ostrava Concert Hall.
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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.
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Sihuan Jin received his master’s degree in Architecture from Politechnico di Milano in 2017. He joined Steven Holl Architects in October 2018 and has participated in Qianhai International Financial Exchange Center Competition. Currently he is working on Shanghai COFCO Cultural and Health Center project.
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Moises received his degree of Architect from the Universidad de Chile in 2009. He earned a master's degree in Urban Design and Planning from Chongqing University, China in 2012. Moises joined Steven Holl Architects in 2019. He is currently working on ICarbonX in Shenzhen, China.
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Zhenya Li holds M.Arch from University of Michigan in 2019 and joined Steven Holl Architects in the same year. He has worked on several competitions and is currently working on ICarbonX in Shenzhen.
Executive Assistant to Steven Holl
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Monica Pabelonio received her B.M. in Jazz Studies from Western Michigan University and M.M. in Jazz Performance from New England Conservatory. She is an active performer, educator, and writer for the music publishing company, Alfred Music.
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Enrique Garcia received his B.F.A. in Fine Arts with a focus on sculpture from New York’s Pratt Institute in 2017. He joined Steven Holl Architects and the Steven Myron Holl Foundation in 2018 where he manages exhibition logistics, coordinates all ‘T’ Space traveling exhibitions, and handles public requests relating to the Steven Holl Archive.
Business Development and Marketing Manager
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Olivia Ryder earned a Bachelor of Arts for a double major in Studio Art and in History of Art and Architecture: Architectural Studies from Middlebury College. She joined Steven Holl Architects in the summer of 2019, where she manages business development, coordinates marketing efforts and assists with press. Prior to Steven Holl Architects, she worked at Urban Glass and for Edible Queens as Editorial Assistant and as a contributing writer. She currently has her own painting practice.