This week, Rem Koolhaas has been given the privileged spot of being our Architect of the Week. Remment Lucas Koolhaas is a Dutch architect, architectural theorist and urbanist, born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands in November 1945.
He is best known for being one of the founders and a partner of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) along with fellow partners Ellen van Loon, Reinier de Graaf, Shohei Shigematsu, Iyad Alaska, David Gianotten and Victor van der Chrijs.
Koolaas is a Professor in Practise of Architecture and Urban Design, which he was awarded while studying at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. Koolaas later went on to study at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London as well as at the Cornell University in New York.
In 1975, Koolaas co-founded the OMA as well as its research orientated counterpart, the AMO with Elia Zenghelis, Madelon Vriesendorp and Zoe Zenghelis. As well as this, Koolaas also co-founded Volume Magazine with Mark Wigley and Ole Bouman.
Koolhaas has won a number of awards for his his work, including becoming the Pritzker Prize winner in the year 2000, for his work on the Casa da Música (House of Music) in Porto, Portugal.
He won the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture in 2004 and also won the Praemium Imperiale in 2003 which is a Japanese award for the Outstanding contributions to the development, promotion and progress of the arts.
|China Central TV Headquarters in Beijing was designed by OMA with East China Architectural Design & Research Institute|
Rem and OMA have an extensive portfolio of buildings, including the China Central TV Headquarters, above, which OMA designed with the East China Architectural Design & Research Institute in 2004 (opened 2012).
Other work includes McCormick Tribune Campus Centre at the Illinois Institute of Technology (2003) of which Rem won a competition between Peter Eisenman, Helmut Jahn, Kazuyo Sejima and last week's Architect of the Week, Zaha Hadid to design this building.
Other buildings include the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre at the AT&T Performing Arts Centre in Dallas of which he designed with Joshua Prince-Ramus, the Shenzhen Stock Exchange building in Shenzhen, China and the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens, London.