Rem Koolhaas (Rotterdam, 1944) 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”. Before turning to architecture, Koolhaas began working as a journalist and a screenwriter; writing has remained central to his architectural practice. He heads the work of both OMA and AMO, the research branch of OMA, operating in areas beyond the realm of architecture. In 2000, Rem Koolhaas was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize. Furthermore, he is Professor in Practice of Architecture and Urban Design at Harvard University; he published The Harvard Guide to Shopping (2001), an analysis of the role of retail and consumption in society and architecture. In 2014, Rem Koolhaas was the director of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, entitled Fundamentals.
Recently completed OMA buildings include: De Rotterdam, three interconnected towers on the Maas river; the Shenzhen Stock Exchange; the GStar headquarters in Amsterdam; the new headquarters for China Central Television (CCTV)—a tower constructed as a loop—in Beijing; new headquarters for the Rothschild Bank in London.
Mention should also be made of Milstein Hall, an elevated platform that extends Cornell’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning in New York. In January 2017, OMA opened the new Bibliothèque Alexis de Tocqueville, a four-story public library in Caen, France. The new Centrale - Supélec campus in Saclay also opened later in the year. Other projects in progress include: the Taipei Performing Arts Centre (Taiwan), three buildings in Doha (Qatar) and the Bryghusprojektet in Copenhagen.
Simultaneously to working with OMA on numerous international projects, Rem Koolhaas has also focused on the study of non-architectural realms, such as politics, publishing, media, fashion and sociology, in the framework of his think-tank, AMO established in 1998. Recent AMO projects include: research in the Russian countryside; the design of catwalk shows for Prada and Miu Miu; “Cronocaos”, an exhibit on conservation presented during 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 programme for Strelka, a new architecture school in Moscow. Furthermore, AMO is a guest editor of Wired magazine. The think-tank was also asked to consult for Conde Nast on the future of the Group’s magazines. AMO proposed a “barcode” EU flag and even developed a curatorial masterplan for the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg.