Glassell School of Art, MFAH, by Steven Holl Archiects

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Steven Holl Architects. Steven Holl ( design architect, principal ). Chris McVoy ( senior partner in charge ). Olaf Schmidt ( project architect, senior associate ). Yiqing Zhao ( project architect - Glassell School of Art ). Rychiee Espinosa ( project architect - Glassell School of Art ). Filipe Taboada ( project architect - Kinder Building, associate ).
Project team
Xi Chen, Suk Lee, Maki Matsubayashi, Elise Riley, Christopher Rotman, Alfonso Simeo, Yasmin Vobis
Associate Architect

Kendall/Heaton Associates 

Landscape design
Deborah Nevins & Associates, Inc. in collaboration with Nevins & Benito Landscape Architecture, D.P.C. 

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. 

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
93,765.0 sq ft. Size.- 80,000.0 sq ft
Project Year 

5101 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006, United States 

Project manager.- Legends. Structural engineers.- Guy Nordenson and Associates; Cardno Haynes Whaley. MEP engineer.- ICOR Associates. Lighting consultant.- L'Observatoire International. Climate engineers.- Transsolar. Cost estimator.- Venue Cost Consultants. Facade consultant.- Knippers Helbig


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.He has realized cultural, civic, academic and residential projects both in the United States and internationally. Most recently completed are the Cité de l'Océan et du Surf in Biarritz, France (2011).

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.

Recently the office has won a number of international design competitions including the new design for the Contemporary Art Institute at Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, USA) and he has been recognized with architecture's most prestigious awards and prizes. Recently, he received the RIBA 2010 Jencks Award, and the first ever Arts Award of the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards (2009). In 2006 Steven Holl 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).

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.

Nevins and Benito Landscape Architecture, D.P.C. Deborah Nevins and Associates

Deborah Nevins & Associates. Nevins & Benito Landscape Architecture, D.P.C. Unified landscape plan for the Fayez S. Sarofim Campus Founded in 1991, Deborah Nevins & Associates designs projects all over the world, from institutional projects, including the Pritzker Garden at the Art Institute of Chicago, to large private estates in the Northeast and Texas as well as in the Caribbean and United Kingdom. The firm is noted for exciting visual experiences and a sophisticated use of plants, and for expertise in green-roof technology and plantings. Deborah Nevins’s recent projects include the 40-acre Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center and Park in Athens, Greece, in collaboration with Renzo Piano Building Workshop, which has earned Platinum LEED certification and a 2018 RIBA Award for International Excellence. Mario Benito is responsible for all aspects of landscape design and construction for residential clients, as well as significant contributions to the firm’s institutional projects. Benito was cited by the American Society of Landscape Architects in 2014 as an emerging Latino American landscape architect. In 2017, Benito and Nevins formed Nevins & Benito Landscape Architecture, D.P.C., which collaborated on the landscape for the MFAH campus redevelopment project.



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