Reinier de Graaf

John T. Dunlop Design Critic in Architecture and Urban Design

Reinier de Graaf (1964, Schiedam) is a Dutch architect, architectural theorist, urbanist and writer. He is the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA)’s longest serving non-founding partner, leading projects in Europe, Russia and the Middle East. His recent built work includes the Timmerhuis, a mixed-use project in Rotterdam widely recognized for its innovation in ways of working and living, sustainability and cost efficiency; fashion brand G-Star Raw’s corporate and design headquarters in Amsterdam; and De Rotterdam, currently the largest building in the Netherlands.

Reinier is a co-founder of OMA’s think tank AMO and has taught at various institutions, such as the Strelka Institute for Media Architecture and Design, The Berlage Institute and the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of the book Four Walls and a Roof: The Complex Nature of a Simple Profession, named best books of 2017 by both the Financial Times and the Guardian.