Partners

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Rem Koolhaas

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Rem Koolhaas founded OMA in 1975 together with Elia and Zoe Zenghelis and Madelon Vriesendorp. He graduated from the Architectural Association in London and in 1978 published Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan. In 1995, his book S,M,L,XL summarized the work of OMA in "a novel about architecture." He heads the work of both OMA and AMO, the research branch of OMA, operating in areas beyond the realm of architecture such as media, politics, renewable energy and fashion. Koolhaas has won several international awards including the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2000, the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 2010 Venice Biennale, the RIBA Charles Jencks Award in 2012 and the Johannes Vermeer Prijs in 2013. Koolhaas is a professor at Harvard University where he conducts the Project on the City. In 2014, Koolhaas will direct the 14th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, under the title, Fundamentals.



Ellen van Loon

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Ellen van Loon joined OMA in 1998 and has led several award-winning building projects that combine sophisticated design with precise execution. Some of her most significant contributions include De Rotterdam, the largest building in the Netherlands (2013) New Court, the Rothschild Bank headquarters in London (2011); exterior and interior design for Maggie's Centre near Glasgow (2011); the Prada Transformer pavilion in Seoul (2009); Casa da Musica in Porto (2005), winner of the 2007 RIBA Award; and the Dutch Embassy in Berlin (2003), winner of the European Union Mies van der Rohe award in 2005. Van Loon is currently working a multimedia library in France and the home of the Danish Architecture Center in Copenhagen.



Reinier de Graaf

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Reinier de Graaf joined OMA in 1996 as project director for De Rotterdam, the Netherlands' largest building, which was recently completed in 2013. In 2002 he became director of AMO, the think tank of OMA, and produced "The Image of Europe," an exhibition illustrating the history of the European Union. He led several OMA projects in the Middle East, and in 2009 led the competition-winning design for Rotterdam's Stadskantoor. De Graaf is also working on the Commonwealth Institute redevelopment in London. He is responsible for AMO's increasing involvement in sustainability and energy planning, which has included the publication in 2010 of "Roadmap 2050: A Practical Guide to a Prosperous, Low-Carbon Europe" with the European Climate Foundation and "The Energy Report," a global plan for 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, made with the WWF. De Graaf has recently worked extensively in Moscow, first by overseeing OMA's proposal to design the masterplan for the Skolkovo Centre for Innovation, the "Russian Silicon Valley," and leading a consortium which proposed a development concept for the Moscow Agglomeration: an urban plan for Greater Moscow.



Shohei Shigematsu

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Shohei Shigematsu joined OMA in 1998 and became a partner in 2008. He has led the OMA office in New York since 2006 and is responsible for OMA's operations in North America.  Under his direction, the New York office has overseen the completion of Milstein Hall at Cornell University as well as the construction of the Quebec National Beaux Arts museum and the Faena Arts Center in Miami Beach. Sho has also led numerous direct collaborations with artists, including a pavilion in Cannes housing a seven screen system designed in collaboration with Kanye West, the Marina Abramovic Institute for the Preservation of Performance Art in upstate New York, and a studio renovation for artist Cai Guo Qiang in New York. Most recently, Sho led the winning competition designs for residential towers in Coconut Grove, the Miami Beach Convention Center, a mixed use project in Los Angeles, a tower in Sao Paulo and a new civic center masterplan in Bogota, Colombia. Shigematsu is a Design Critic for Harvard University Graduate School of Design.



Iyad Alsaka

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Iyad Alsaka is partner in charge of projects in the Middle East and North Africa. In 2008, he worked on OMA's acclaimed masterplan for Waterfront City in Dubai along with several other projects in the Gulf region. Alsaka joined OMA in 2007 from Dubai Holding, where he was director of design and development and responsible for dozens of projects since 2001. Alsaka was born in 1969 in Syria and studied architecture at the University of Aleppo.

David Gianotten

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David Gianotten joined OMA in 2008, launched OMA's Hong Kong office in 2009, and became partner in charge of OMA Asia in 2010. Gianotten oversees OMA Hong Kong and OMA Beijing and leads OMA's development in China and Asia. Projects currently under his supervision include the Taipei Performing Arts Centre, the Chu Hai College of Higher Education in Hong Kong, and the end stages of the construction of the CCTV headquarters in Beijing. The Shenzhen Stock Exchange was recently completed under his supervision. In 2010 he delivered the OMA conceptual masterplan for the West Kowloon Cultural District, the biggest cultural project in Hong Kong to date, and the Edouard Malingue Gallery, a contemporary art gallery in Hong Kong. Born in 1974 in the Netherlands, he studied Architecture and Construction Technology at the Eindhoven University of Technology. Before joining OMA, he was the Managing Director - Architect of SeARCH.