Steven Holl

Making Architecture

Table of contents

Introduction and Director’s Acknowledgments
Sara J. Pasti

Curator’s Acknowledgments
Nina Stritzler-Levine

Drawing as Thought
Steven Holl

Making Architecture
Nina Stritzler-Levine

In Union with the Land: Hudson Valley Traditions and Steven Holl’s Architecture
Kerry Dean Carso

Reconfiguring Architectural Agency
Peter Olshavsky


Exhibition Checklist

Examines Steven Holl’s intricate and distinctive process of making architecture through approximately one hundred models, related sketches and other studies created for nine recent projects.


This publication, and the exhibition at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art that it accompanies, investigates the architect Steven Holl's unique process of making architecture, the foundation of which is drawing, almost always by hand. The publication includes an extensive critical essay about Steven Holl and his process by exhibition curator Nina Stritzler-Levine, and additional essays by Kerry Dean Carso and Peter Olshavsky. The projects section that follows these chapters includes descriptions of the eleven projects that are the focus of the exhibition; the exhibition checklist, which corresponds with the organization of the installation; and photographs of the installation.

Kerry Dean Carso is Associate Professor of Art History at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Steven Holl is one of America's most acclaimed architects, recognized for his ability to blend space and light with great contextual sensitivity. Nina Stritzler-Levine is Director of the Bard Graduate Center Gallery and Executive Editor of Gallery publications. Peter Olshavsky is Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Sara J. Pasti is the Neil C. Trager Director of the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at the State University of New York at New Paltz.