Steven Holl: Making Architecture December 4, 2020–February 14, 2021

Steven Holl: Making Architecture reveals Steven Holl’s intricate and distinctive process of making architecture through 17 recent projects, among them the campus redevelopment master plan for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, which features the Glassell School of Art and the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building. Other recent projects include the Kennedy Center expansion in Washington D.C. and the Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre in London.

The works in Making Architecture are organized into three sections: “Thinking,” “Building,” and “Reflecting.”

“Thinking” captures how watercolor drawings, small exploratory models, and material fragments lead to idea generation and form the foundation of each project. “Building” reveals the process of making architecture through models, sculpture, and in photographs taken during the actual construction process. “Reflecting” presents Holl’s ideas through a selection of digital films, his writings, and writings about him.

The Houston presentation is the eighth stop on the exhibition’s international tour, after shows in New York, Seoul, Shanghai, Nanjing, Tokyo, and Seattle. Making Architecture is installed on the MFAH campus in the Glassell School of Art, the third Steven Holl Architects–designed venue to host the exhibition, following the Sifang Art Museum in Nanjing, China, and the Bellevue Arts Museum in Bellevue, Washington.

Steven Holl (born 1947) is principal and lead designer of Steven Holl Architects. Founded in 1977, the architecture and urban-design office works globally from two locations: New York City and Beijing. Holl specializes in integrating new projects into contexts with particular cultural and historic importance.

“The title of this exhibition, Making Architecture, aptly reflects Holl’s approach . . . . He is as much an artist as an architect.” —Michael Brod, Bomb Magazine

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See information about the work on view: Part I and Part II

Steven Holl: Making Architecture | December 4, 2020–February 14, 2021

• Exhibitions at the Glassell School of Art are open to the public free of charge.

This exhibition is organized by the Steven Myron Holl Foundation.

Generous funding provided by:
McCarthy Building Companies
Kendall/Heaton Associates


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