Samir Bantal is the director of AMO, the think- tank founded by Rem Koolhaas in 1998, which enables OMA to apply its architectural thinking beyond architecture, to the fields of design, technology, media and art.
Samir Bantal rejoined OMA in 2015 after working at the office between 2003 and 2007 on a number of projects ranging from product design, research, architecture and master planning. Samir was involved in the Image of Europe, an exhibition on the history and meaning of the European Union, rebranding the European flag. He worked on a new proposal for the Shanghai Expo of 2010, a master plan for Riga Port City and several exhibitions for the Venice Biennale. He was project architect of the Ras Al Khaimah master plan (2006) and Jebel Al Jais Resort (2006). Samir also contributed to a number of publications by AMO, such as Project Japan (2011) and Al Manakh I (2007).
Before joining OMA, Samir worked for Toyo Ito, and was associate professor at Delft Univeristy of Technology in the fields of architecture and urbanism. Between 2008-2012 he was editor of the Annual Architecture Yearbook of the Netherlands.
Currently, Samir is responsible for the new retail concept for the luxury car brand Genesis in Seoul, Korea. Also with AMO, Samir is currently working on 3 exhibitions. In Qatar, AMO explores the role of modern architecture in the development of the city of Doha, opening March 2019. Together with the Harvard School of Design, Samir leads Countryside, a comprehensive research project that investigates the interaction between the city and the countryside, which will culminate in an exhibition in the Guggenheim in New York early 2020. Lastly, ‘Figures of Speech’ will show at the MCA Chicago in June 2019. The design of the exhibition, a retrospective on the work of renown designer Virgil Abloh, is a collaboration between Samir and Virgil Abloh.
- Design and product experimentation. Stone Island Global Stores by AMO
- A reinterpretation of ancient Paris. Off-white flagship store by OMA
- Reflection, response and action for rural transformation. Countryside at the United Nations by AMO
- SH❌OP opening. Off-White Miami c/o Virgil Abloh™ in collaboration with AMO
- The future of rural mobility. Electric tractor by AMO and Volkswagen in "Countryside, The Future"
- Countryside, The Future. A new manifesto by Rem Koolhaas, extremely frightening and also exhilarating
- Countryside, The Future, exhibition by Rem Koolhaas at the Guggenheim New York
- Virgil Abloh at the Museum: “Figures of Speech”
- AMO Designs Exhibition for Virgil Abloh in Chicago
- MAKING DOHA 1950–2030, at the National Museum of Qatar by AMO
- AMO present prototype showroom for Hyundai´s Genesis Car Brand