The Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) is a leading international partnership practicing contemporary architecture, urbanism, and cultural analysis.

The office is led by six partners – Rem Koolhaas, Ole Scheeren, Ellen van Loon, Reinier de Graaf, Shohei Shigematsu and Managing Partner, Victor van der Chijs – and employs a staff of around 220 of 35 nationalities. Architects, researchers, designers, model makers, industrial designers and graphic designers work in close collaboration, and expert consultants are intimately involved from the beginning of the design process.

OMA’s recently completed projects include Prada Transformer, a rotating multi-use pavilion in Seoul (2009), the Zeche Zollverein Historical Museum and masterplan in Essen (2006), the Seoul National University Museum of Art (2005), the much acclaimed Casa da Música in Porto (2005), the Prada Epicenter in Los Angeles (2004), the Seattle Central Library (2004), the Leeum Samsung Museum of Art in Seoul (2004), the Netherlands Embassy in Berlin (2003), the IIT Campus Center in Chicago (2003), and the Prada Epicenter in New York (2001).

The work of Rem Koolhaas and OMA has won several international awards including the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2000, the Praemium Imperiale (Japan) in 2003, the RIBA Gold Medal (UK) in 2004 and the Mies van der Rohe – European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture (2005).

To accommodate a range of projects throughout the world, OMA maintains offices in Europe (OMA*AMO Rotterdam), North America (OMA*AMO Architecture PC New York), Asia (OMA Beijing). OMA also recently established an office in Hong Kong for its work on several projects in the region.

AMO
The counterpart to OMA’s architectural practice is AMO, a design and research studio based in the company’s Rotterdam office. While OMA remains dedicated to the realization of buildings and masterplans, AMO, a think tank and research studio that often works in parallel for the same clients, fertilizes these architectural pursuits with intelligence gleaned from operating in areas beyond the traditional boundaries of architecture, including media, politics, sociology, technology, fashion, curating, publishing, and graphic design.

This is the case with Prada: AMO’s research into identity, in-store technology, and new possibilities of content-production in fashion helped generate OMA’s architectural designs for new Prada epicenter stores in New York and Los Angeles. In 2004, AMO was commissioned by the European Union to study its visual communication, and designed a coloured „barcode“ flag – combining the flags of all member states – that was used during the Austrian presidency of the EU. AMO also produced a major exhibition for the EU that travelled from Brussels to Vienna, Munich and Rotterdam.

AMO has consulted with Universal Studios, Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, Heineken, Ikea, Condé Nast and Harvard University, produced exhibitions at the Venice Biennale (on the Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg) and Venice Architecture Biennale (on the development of the Gulf), and guest-edited issues of the magazines Wired and Domus. Recent projects include the ongoing curatorial masterplan for the Hermitage, curating the exhibition ‚Dubai Next‘ at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, and editing Al Manakh, a guide to the rapid transformation of the Gulf region.

CURRENT PROJECTS
Full List of OMA*AMO Projects

Rotterdam
Netherlands:
ABN Amro Coolsingel mixed-use, Rotterdam
Boompjes II, Rotterdam
De Rotterdam multi-use towers, Rotterdam
Almere Homerus Urban Desgin
Almere City Centre Masterplan
Almere a6, Netherlands
KJ Plein multi-use tower, The Hague
Binckhorst Redevelopment Masterplan, The Hague
Stadionplein Masterplan, Amsterdam

Europe:
Cordoba Congress Centre, Cordoba
Commonwealth Institute, London
Maggie’s Centre, Glasgow
White City masterplan, London
Rothschild Bank HQ, London
Residential Masterplan, Cagliari
Mercati Generali Redevelopment, Rome
Bovisa Redevelopment, Milan
Bryghus Project, Copenhagen
Riga Contemporary Art Museum
Riga Harbour Redevelopment
Ghent masterplan
Hamburg Science Center & Aquarium
Essen Zollverein Masterplan

Middle East:
Madinat Al Arab Masterplan, Dubai
Jebel al Jais Resort, Ras-Al-Khaimah
City in the Desert Masterplan, UAE
Central Library, Qatar Education City
Strategic Studies Centre for Rand Policy Institute, Qatar Education City
Qatar Foundation Headquarters, Qatar Education City
Nakheel Crescent Islands, Dubai
Waterfront City, Dubai, AE

New York
23 East 22nd Street New York, USA
Milstein Hall Cornell University, USA
Jersey City Residential Tower and Hotel, USA

Beijing
CCTV: China Central Television Headquarters, Beijing
TVCC: Television Cultural Center, Beijing
Shenzhen Stock Exchange
Crystal Island, Shenzhen
Creative Media Complex, Shanghai
Scotts Tower, Singapore
Singapore large-scale residential complex
Performing Arts Centre, Taipei
MahaNakhon, Bangkok

FIRM HISTORY
OMA was founded in 1975 by Rem Koolhaas, Elia and Zoe Zenghelis and Madelon Vriesendorp as a collaborative office practicing architecture and urbanism.

The office gained renown through a series of groundbreaking entries in major competitions: Parc de la Villette, Paris, France (1982), ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany (1989), Tres Grande Bibliotheque and Two Libraries for Jussieu University, Paris, France (1993). During these formative years OMA also realized ambitious projects, ranging from private residences to large scale urban plans: Villa dall‘Ava, Paris, France (1991), Nexus Housing, Fukuoka, Japan (1991), the Kunsthal, Rotterdam (1992) and the Maison à Bordeaux (1998). In 1994 OMA completed Euralille, a 70-hectare business and civic center in northern France comprising the European hub for high-speed trains.