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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 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.

Architecture Acts

Architecture Acts is a multidisciplinary and award-winning platform for Art and Architecture based in Prague. Founded and directed by Hana Petrik and Martin Kropac, Architecture Acts is an open-ended dialogue and rigorous exploration of the field with international team of talented collaborators, current and past.

Both Hana and Martin have extensive experience working as architects in renowned architectural firms in Madrid, Los Angeles and New York.

Currently the office is working on multitude of projects ranging from exhibition design, residential and cultural projects, workshops, lectures to urban plans and large-scale developments.

Hana Petrik studied Design Theory at University of Liechtenstein in the studio of Xavier Calderon. She has been a visiting scholar at UDK Berlin in the studio of Weil Arets. Her architectural endeavors began at Czech Technical University in Prague and continued at Kansas State University. Hana has worked as an architect in Aspen, Los Angeles and New York.
  • MSc Arch (Master of Science in Architecture)
  • University of Liechtenstein
  • Universität der Künste Berlin
  • BArch (Bachelor of Architecture)
  • Kansas State University

Martin Kropac received his postgraduate degree in architecture at Columbia University in New York after studying architecture at Kansas State University and Czech Technical University in Prague. He has studied and worked in the studio of Alberto Campo Baeza in Madrid. He is the winner of the ABF Young Architect Award 2009 as well as several scholarships including a Columbia research grant to study modern Brazilian architecture of João Batista Vilanova Artigas. After graduation from GSAPP, Martin worked in New York at Steven Holl Architects and taught studio and various courses at the School of Architecture and Design NYIT. He is a licensed architect in the Czech Republic and a doctoral candidate at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague.
  • PhD candidate at UMPRUM in Prague
  • MSAAD (Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design)
  • GSAPP Columbia University in New York
  • Ing. arch. (Master of Architecture)
  • Czech Technical University in Prague
  • BArch (Bachelor of Architecture)
  • Kansas State University
  • ČKA 04232
  • Registered architect



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