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Curatore della Biennale Architettura 2014


Rem Koolhaas 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.


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


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


(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


Strelka Institute, Moscow

Professor in Practice of Architecture and Urban Design, Harvard University

Architectural Association, London

Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, New York


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


Architectural Association, London, 1969–72

Cornell University, 1972–73

Biennale Architettura 2014
Biennale Architettura 2014