Steven Holl

For Steven Holl, Morning Watercolors Are Akin to Meditation

For visualizing concepts and pulling all aspects of a project together, the architect is a firm believer in the art of the watercolor.

All of Steven Holl’s buildings begin the same way: with an intuitive brush stroke, usually first thing in the morning. “For me, drawing is a form of thought,” he says. “I start every project with a concept diagram. I used to do pencil drawings. Those took eight hours. Around 1979, I streamlined it to five-by-seven-inch watercolors, because they were easy…

Steven Holl Doesn’t See Himself as an “American” Architect

The recipient of the 2013 AIA Gold Medal doesn't think their is anything distinctly "American" about his career or buildings.

The Daeyang Gallery and House in Seoul, Korea, by Steven Holl Architects Courtesy Iwan Baan This year, the American Institute of Architects conferred its highest honor, the AIA Gold Medal, upon Steven Holl. I had the opportunity to talk with Steven about his sources of inspiration, a mid-career enlightenment, and his recent recognition as one of the most celebrated “American”…