Steven Holl wins AIA Gold Medal for 2012

Steven Holl has won the 2012 Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), one of the most prestigious prizes in the industry.

Holl will be honoured at the 2012 AIA National Convention in Washington, D.C.

The AIA highlighted Holl’s “humanist approach to formal experimentation” and his ability to “tackle the urban-scale planning and development conundrums that define success in the built environment throughout the world.”

Holl’s portfolio includes the Kiasma Contemporary Art Museum in Helsinki, Finland, the Simmons Hall at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the Linked Hybrid mixed-use complex in Beijing, China.

In the Middle East, Holl’s practice worked on the Beirut Marina and Town Quay project, which is currently under construction.

The  project, in the heart of the Downtown district, comprises apartments, restaurants, outdoor public spaces and a yacht club.

Holl added: “I feel this award is a positive advocacy to make theoretical explorations and experimental works.”

The Washington-born architect is the 68th AIA Gold Medalist, an award that was previously given to Frank Lloyd Wright (1949), Le Corbusier (1961), Louis Kahn (1971), I.M. Pei (1979), and Fumihiko Maki (2011).