April 3, 2018


ARCHINECT – The Steven Myron Holl Foundation has announced the application for this year’s summer architecture residency. Entitled Rural Compression: Cosmic Dust, this year’s topic intersects architecture, the ecology of the Hudson Valley, and astronomy. Through studios and critiques with accomplished architects, residents will produce designs for a center for observational cosmology in the Hudson Valley.

5 residents will be selected for this year’s program.  Past residents have ranged from undergraduates and graduate students from Harvard, Columbia, Pratt and Sci Arc, as well as practicing architects and young professionals.
The month-long residency is comprised of intensive studios with instructors Steven Holl, Eirini Tsachrelia and Christian Wassman, field trips to significant art institutions in the Hudson Valley, and group critiques and pin ups. Previous guest critics have included Thom Mayne and Stan Allen, and this year’s invited critics include Scott Cohen, of Preston Scott Cohen Inc, Tatiana Bilbao of Tatiana Bilbao Estudio, Li Hu of OPEN Architecture, Michael Murphy of MASS Design Group, Christoph Kumpusch of Forward/Architectur and Nat Oppenheimer of Silman Structural Engineers.Residents will stay in a renovated cabin on Steven Holl’s T2 Reserve, a 30-acre campus in Rhinebeck, New York Holl purchased in 2010 to protect it from subdivision development and to create a place for architectural experimentation. In the past eight years, T2 Reserve has come to house many educational projects. Residents will work in T2 Studio, a mid-century hunting shack altered by Holl and nestled in the Rhinebeck woods.

The reserve also includes T2 Installation Trial, a short hike dotted with artworks by artists such as Oscar Tuazon, Jose Oubrerie (upcoming), Richard Nonas (upcoming), Dimitra Tsachrelia, Eirini Tsachrelia and Nicholas Karytinos. Also on the property is ‘T’ Space Gallery, a space designed by Holl to exhibit contemporary art and architecture together. This summer, ‘T’ Space will exhibit Richard Nonas, Tatiana Bilbao, and Ricci Albenda.

Residents will have a chance to work with Tatiana Bilbao, a renowned Mexican architect with a special interest in socially-motivated design.  Bilbao will serve as a guest critic on the residency’s mid-term review.

Applications for Rural Compression: Cosmic Dust are currently open, and individuals may apply at  Deadline is May 6, with notification on May 15.