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Rem Koolhaas / Office for Metropolitan Architecture

Gui Auditorium / Knowlton Hall
November 15, 2017 - 5:30pm

Rem Koolhaas will lecture in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 15. The talk is free and open to the public. Koolhaas founded the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in 1975 together with Elia and Zoe Zenghelis and Madelon Vriesendorp. Having worked as a journalist and script writer before becoming an architect, Koolhaas graduated from the Architectural Association in London and, in 1978, published Delirious New Yorka Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan. In 1995, his book S,M,L,XL summarized the work of OMA and established connections between contemporary society and architecture. At this moment, Rem Koolhaas is heading the work of OMA as well as AMO – the conceptual branch of OMA, a think tank focused on social, economic, and technological issues.

Rem Koolhaas is a Professor at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design where he conducts the Project on the City, a research program investigating changing urban conditions around the world. The projects include a study on China’s Pearl River Delta (published as Great Leap Forward), an analysis of the role of retail and consumption in the contemporary society (The Harvard Guide to Shopping), and studies on Rome, Lagos, Moscow and Beijing.

Koolhaas has been identified as one of the most important architectural thinkers in recent history. The work of Koolhaas and OMA has been celebrated by numerous international awards, including the Pritzker Architecture Prize (2000) and the RIBA Gold Medal (2004). In 2005, Koolhaas received the Mies van der Rohe Award for the Netherlands Embassy, Berlin. This award is presented every two years by the European Union and the Fundaci Mies van der Rohe (Barcelona) to acknowledge and reward quality architectural production in Europe. In 2005, Rem Koolhaas curated one of the exhibitions titled Expansion & Neglect for the prestigious Biennale in Venice.

OMA has completed the Netherlands Embassy in Berlin, a campus center at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, the Prada Epicenter in Los Angeles and the Public Library in Seattle. The Seattle Library was chosen by TIME magazine as The Best Architecture for 2004 and was described by the New York Times as “a blazing chandelier to swing your dreams upon. If an American city can erect a civic project as brave as this one, the sun hasn’t set on the West.”