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Director

Rem Koolhaas
Rem Koolhaas (Rotterdam 1944) founded OMA in 1975 together with Elia and Zoe Zenghelis and Madelon Vriesendorp. Koolhaas worked as a journalist and screenwriter before beginning architecture, and writing has remained central to his architectural practice. At the same time as designing buildings around the world with OMA, Koolhaas works in non-architectural disciplines – including politics, publishing, media, fashion, and sociology – through his think tank and research unit, AMO.
 
After studying at the Architectural Association in London, and at Cornell and the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in the US, Koolhaas wrote Delirious New York (1978) and simultaneously began producing projects and proposals with OMA. In 1995, S,M,L,XL summarized the work of OMA in a 1,200-page book that redefined architectural publishing. As director of the Project on the City research program at Harvard University, Koolhaas produced the books The Harvard Guide to Shopping (2001), an analysis of the role of retail and consumption in society and architecture, and Great Leap Forward (2002), a study of China’s Pearl River Delta; he also produced studies on Lagos, Roman architecture and communism.
 
Recently completed OMA buildings include De Rotterdam, three interconnected towers on the river Maas; Shenzhen Stock Exchange; the G-Star headquarters in Amsterdam; the new headquarters for China Central Television (CCTV) – a tower reinvented as a loop – in Beijing; a new headquarters for Rothschild Bank in London; and Milstein Hall, an elevated slab that extends Cornell’s college of Architecture, Art and Planning.
 
OMA-designed buildings currently under construction include the Taipei Performing Arts Centre; three buildings in Doha, Qatar; the Bibliothèque Multimédia à Vocation Régionale, a four-story public library in Caen; and Bryghusprojektet in Copenhagen, a mixed-use project accommodating the new headquarters for the Danish Architecture Centre.
 
In 1998, Koolhaas established AMO as a platform for using architectural thinking in non-architectural realms. Recent AMO projects include research into the countryside (globally) and the Russian hinterland; the design of catwalk shows for Prada and Miu Miu; “Cronocaos,” an exhibition on preservation, at the 2010 Venice Biennale; participation in the EU Reflection Group think tank, with the task of making proposals for Europe in 2020; Roadmap 2050, a masterplan for a Europe-wide renewable energy grid; and the development of an educational program for Strelka, a new architecture school in Moscow. AMO has also guest edited an issue of Wired magazine as well as consulting on the future of Conde Nast magazines; proposed a “barcode” EU flag; and developed a curatorial masterplan for the Hermitage museum, St. Petersburg.
 
SELECTED BUILDINGS
De Rotterdam, Rotterdam, 2013
CCTV Headquarters, Beijing, 2012
Rothschild Bank, London, 2012
Millstein Hall, Cornell, NY, 2010
Maggie’s Center, Gartnavel, 2010
Wyly Theatre, Dallas, 2009
Prada Transformer, Seoul, 2009
Serpentine pavilion, London, 2006
Zeche Zollverein Museum and masterplan, Essen, 2006
Seoul National University Museum of Art, 2006
Casa da Música, Porto, 2005
Prada Epicenter, New York, 2001
Seattle Central Library, 2004
Netherlands Embassy, Berlin, 2003
IIT Campus Center, Chicago, 2003
Hermitage Guggenheim, Las Vegas, 2001
Maison à Bordeaux, 1998
Educatorium, Utrecht, 1997
Euralille Congrexpo + masterplan, 1994
Kunsthal, Rotterdam, 1992
Nexus World Housing, Fukuoka, 1991
Villa d’allava, Paris, 1991
Netherlands Dance Theatre, The Hague, 1987
 
SELECTED BOOKS
Project Japan: Metabolism Talks, Taschen, 2011
Al Manakh I and II, Archis, 2007 and 2010
Content, Taschen, 2003
Great Leap Forward, Taschen, 2002
Harvard Guide to Shopping, Taschen 2001
S,M,L,XL, Monacelli, 1995
Delirious New York, Oxford University Press, 1978
 
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
(Im)pure, (In)formal, (Un)built, L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 2011
OMA/Progress, Barbican, London, 2010
Cronocaos, Venice Biennale, 2010
Dubai Next, Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, 2008
The Gulf, Venice Biennale, 2006
OMA in Beijing, MoMA, New York, 2006
Expansion and Neglect, Venice Biennale, 2005
Image of Europe: Vienna, Brussels, Munich, 2004
Content, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, 2003
Cities on the Move, Hayward Gallery, London, 1999
Less is More, Milan Triennale, 1986
Strada Novissima, Venice Biennale, 1980
 
TEACHING POSITIONS
Strelka Institute, Moscow
Professor in Practice of Architecture and Urban Design, Harvard University
Architectural Association, London
Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, New York
 
SELECTED AWARDS
Johannes Vermeer Prijs, 2013
Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement, Venice Biennale, 2010
RIBA Gold Medal, 2004
Praemium Imperiale, Japan, 2003
Membership Legion D’Honneur, 2001
Pritzker Prize, 2000
Mies van der Rohe Award, 2005
 
EDUCATION
Architectural Association, London, 1969–72
Cornell University, 1972–73