Rem Koolhaas will discuss a handful of interconnected topics that he is thinking about or working on at the moment. “Current Preoccupations” is the title of a section of the current exhibition on OMA at the Barbican in London. The lecture will be followed by a discussion in which Mr. Koolhaas is joined by Sanford Kwinter and Michael Hays of the GSD.
Rem Koolhaas founded OMA in 1975 together with Elia and Zoe Zenghelis and Madelon Vriesendorp. Having worked as a journalist and script writer before becoming an architect, he graduated from the Architectural Association in London and in 1978 published Delirious New York. In 1995, his book S,M,L,XL summarized the work of OMA in “a novel about architecture.” As well as overseeing OMA’s work in architecture and masterplanning around the world, Koolhaas co-directs AMO, OMA’s internal think tank that operates in areas beyond the boundaries of architecture and urbanism – including fashion, technology, sustainability, and politics. The work of Rem Koolhaas and OMA has received several international awards, including the Pritzker Architecture Prize (2000), the RIBA Gold Medal (2004), the Mies van der Rohe Award for the Netherlands Embassy in Berlin (2005), the RIBA European Award for the Casa da Música, Porto (2007) and the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement, awarded in 2010 at the International Architecture Exhibition in Venice.
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