Rem Koolhaas
Prof. Dr. Rem Koolhaas

Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), Rotterdam

25.11.2004, Post Iconic Turn. Advantages of Neglect
25.11.2004, Video-Vortrag: Iconic Turn. Advantages of Neglect

Curriculum vitae

Rem Koolhaas founded the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in 1975 together with Elia and Zoe Zenghelis and Madelon Vriesendorp. The Office for Metropolitan Architecture is a Rotterdam-based firm practicing contemporary architecture, urbanism and cultural analysis.

Having worked as a journalist and script writer before becoming an architect, he graduated at 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 and established connections between contemporary society and architecture.

Rem Koolhaas is a professor at Harvard University 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.

Rem Koolhaas is heading the work of OMA and AMO, the conceptual branch of OMA focused on social, economical and technological developments and exploring territories beyond architectural and urban concerns. With AMO, Rem Koolhaas was recently guest editor of Wired magazine.

Homepage: Office for Metropolitan Architecture



  • Content (Taschen Publishers), 2004
  • Harvard Design School Guide to Shopping (Taschen Publishers), 2001
  • Great Leap Forward (Taschen Publishers), 2001
  • Projects for Prada, Part 1 (Fondazione Prada Edizioni), 2001
  • S M L XL, together with graphic designer Bruce Mau (010 Publishers, Rotterdam, and Monacelli Press NY), December 1995
  • Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan (New York: Oxford University Press), 1978

  • A+U OMA/Experience ©, November 2003
  • Wired Magazine, June 2003 and June 2000
  • World Architecture China, February 2003
  • A+Universal, January 2001
  • New York Times Magazine, July, 2000
  • OMA@work.a+u, special edition, March 2000
  • Time Magazine December 21, 1998

Letzte Änderung: 15.01.2006