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Malcolm Holzman

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Name  Malcolm Holzman
Role  Architect
Education  Pratt Institute

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Books  Stonework: Designing with Stone, A Material Life: Adventures & Discoveries in Materials Research

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Malcolm Holzman FAIA, is an American architect, who practices in New York City, and is a founding partner of Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture (HMBA) and Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates (HHPA). Malcolm has planned, programmed, and designed over 130 projects for public use; including 35 library projects during the last five decades.


Life and career

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Holzman was born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1940. He received a B. Arch. from Pratt Institute in 1963, and in 1964 began working with Hugh Hardy. Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates (HHPA) was established in New York City in 1967. In 1981 HHPA received the AIA’s Architecture Firm Award. Also, in 1981, Holzman was elected to the college of Fellows at the American Institute of Architects. In 2004 HHPA separated and Holzman established HMBA with members of his HHPA project team. Paul Goldberger describes how Holzman “tends to hide behind a sort of ‘Aw, Shucks’ manner, which belies the seriousness with which he takes his profession.”

He has held both the Saarinen and Davenport Visiting Professorships at Yale University, and endowed chairs at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Ball State University, the University of Texas, Syracuse University, the City College of New York, as well as teaching at Lawrence Technological University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Holzman is a member of the Interior Design Hall of Fame, the Municipal Art Society, the Architectural League of New York, and has served as a trustee of the Amon Carter Museum and Pratt Institute.


Holzman has designed many important civic and academic structures throughout the United States, especially libraries, museums and performing arts venues. His collagist plans with rotated grids, diagonals and eclectic sensibilities, quickly established him as a pioneer. His use of industrial and rural vernacular, as well as salvaged and local materials ran counter to reductionist modernist tendencies, resulting in a more humanist approach. In addition Holzman advocated the reuse of older buildings at a time when the profession embraced pristine modernism, exemplified by urban renewal. Holzman was an early advocate of sustainable building practices. Holzman has expressed his belief that the most effective and often overlooked method of greening modern building practices is to repurpose existing buildings and to design buildings with longer lifespans.

Holzman's signature is a courageous and creative materials palette, and he has recently published two books on the subject. "No other contemporary architect uses traditional and unconventional materials with such invention, exuberance and wit.” Holzman's interiors are "legendary" for his bold and eclectic use of color, pattern and texture, exemplified by his custom-designed fabrics, upholstery and carpeting. Holzman frequently uses stone, usually as large blocks with rich texture in a load-bearing capacity, as opposed to the contemporary stone veneers of curtain wall construction. He often collaborates with artists and incorporates their works into his buildings, most notably Albert Paley and Tom Otterness.

Early on, Holzman avoided characterizations or a design manifesto. Practicing in an era when architecture became increasingly dominated by factions, Holzman was an architect who “would rather build than talk,” believing that successful buildings are not born from theory but from careful attention to location and clients. This garnered Peter Eisenman’s pejorative assessment of “functionalism in drag.” His 50-year career has spanned the majority of the Late Modernist movement.

Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates

  • Artpark
  • Alaska Center for the Performing Arts
  • Best Products Headquarters
  • Bowdoin College, David Saul Smith Union
  • Brooklyn Children's Museum
  • Bull Street Branch of Live Oak Public Libraries
  • Cleveland Public Library, Louis Stokes Wing, garden
  • Columbia Public Library
  • Creighton University, Lied Education Center for the Arts
  • Grand Rapids Public Library
  • Hawaii Theatre
  • Los Angeles Public Library
  • Middlebury College, Mahaney Center for the Arts and McCullough Student Center
  • Murchison Performing Arts Center at the University of North Texas
  • Orchestra Hall (Minneapolis)
  • Punahou School Dillingham Hall
  • The Salisbury School
  • San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts
  • Sewanee: The University of the South Dining Hall
  • University of Nebraska-Omaha, Weber Fine Arts Building
  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
  • WCCO-TV office (pictured)
  • Books

  • Reusing Railroad Stations (1974)
  • Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates Buildings and Projects 1967 - 1992 (1992)
  • Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates Buildings and Projects 1993 - 1998 (1999)
  • Theaters (2000)
  • Stonework (2001)
  • A Material Life (2008)
  • Theaters II (2009)
  • Awards and honors

  • 1974: Brunner Prize in Architecture
  • 1978: Medal of Honor, Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates, New York Chapter American Institute of Architects
  • 1981: Firm of the Year Award, Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates American Institute of Architects
  • 1981: Elected to College of Fellows, American Institute of Architects
  • 1988: Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award Pratt Institute
  • 1992: Hall of Fame Inductee Interior Design Magazine
  • 2001: James Daniel Bybee Prize Building Stone Institute
  • 2001: Gold Medal Award Tau Sigma Delta
  • 2007: Distinguished Achievement Award United States Institute for Theatre Technology
  • 2011: Vision Award Mason Contractors Association of America
  • References

    Malcolm Holzman Wikipedia