Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) is an international practice operating within the traditional boundaries of architecture and urbanism. AMO, a research and design studio, applies architectural thinking to domains beyond. OMA is led by eight partners – Rem Koolhaas, Reinier de Graaf, Ellen van Loon, Shohei Shigematsu, Iyad Alsaka, Chris van Duijn, Jason Long, and Managing Partner-Architect David Gianotten – and maintains offices in Rotterdam, New York, Hong Kong, Doha, and Australia. OMA-designed buildings currently under construction are the renovation of Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe) in Berlin, The Factory in Manchester, Hangzhou Prism, the CMG Times Center in Shenzhen and the Simone Veil Bridge in Bordeaux.
OMA’s completed projects include Taipei Performing Arts Centre (2022), Audrey Irmas Pavilion in Los Angeles (2020), Norra Tornen in Stockholm (2020), Axel Springer Campus in Berlin (2020), MEETT Toulouse Exhibition and Convention Centre (2020), Galleria in Gwanggyo (2020), WA Museum Boola Bardip (2020), nhow RAI Hotel in Amsterdam (2020), a new building for Brighton College (2020), and Potato Head Studios in Bali (2020). Earlier buildings include Fondazione Prada in Milan (2018), Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow (2015), De Rotterdam (2013), CCTV Headquarters in Beijing (2012), Casa da Música in Porto (2005), and the Seattle Central Library (2004).
AMO often works in parallel with OMA's clients to fertilize architecture with intelligence from this array of disciplines. 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 colored "barcode" flag, combining the flags of all member states, which was used during the Austrian presidency of the EU. AMO has worked with Universal Studios, Amsterdam's Schiphol airport, Heineken, Ikea, Condé Nast, Harvard University and the Hermitage. It has produced Countryside: The Future, a research exhibited at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York; exhibitions at the Venice Architecture Biennale, including Public Works (2012), Cronocaos (2010), and The Gulf (2006); and for Fondazione Prada, including When Attitudes Become Form (2012) and Serial and Portable Classics (2015). AMO, with Harvard University, was responsible for the research and curation of the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale and its publication Elements. Other notable projects are Roadmap 2050, a plan for a Europe-wide renewable energy grid; Project Japan, a 720-page book on the Metabolism architecture movement (Taschen, 2010); and the educational program of Strelka Institute in Moscow.
Bjarke Ingels (born in Copenhagen, 1974) studied architecture at the Royal Academy in Copenhagen and at the School of Architecture of Barcelona, obtaining his degree as an architect in 1998. He is the founder of the BIG architecture studio - (Bjarke Ingels Group), studio founded in 2005, after co-founding PLOT Architects in 2001 with his former partner Julien de Smedt, whom he met while working at the prestigious OMA studio in Rotterdam.
Bjarke has designed and completed award-winning buildings worldwide, and currently his studio is based with venues in Copenhagen and New York. His projects include The Mountain, a residential complex in Copenhagen, and the innovative Danish Maritime Museum in Elsinore.
With the PLOT study, he won the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2004, and with BIG he has received numerous awards such as the ULI Award for Excellence in 2009. Other prizes are the Culture Prize of the Crown Prince of Denmark in 2011; and Along with his architectural practice, Bjarke has taught at Harvard University, Yale University, Columbia University and Rice University and is an honorary professor at the Royal Academy of Arts, School of Architecture in Copenhagen.
In 2018, Bjarke received the Knight's Cross of the Order of Dannebrog granted by Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II. He is a frequent public speaker and continues to give lectures at places such as TED, WIRED, AMCHAM, 10 Downing Street or the World Economic Forum. In 2018, Bjarke was appointed Chief Architectural Advisor by WeWork to advise and develop the design vision and language of the company for buildings, campuses and neighborhoods around the world.
SCAPE is an Italian architecture firm with offices in Rome and Paris that has made Internationalisation its main strength. Conceived as an idea in May 2002 by Ludovica Di Falco, Francesco Marinelli and Paolo Mezzalama, the firm –scape s.p.a. was concretely established in 2004. Alessandro Cambi joined as fourth partner in 2005. They set up an office in Paris in 2008 and they founded a French architecture firm, Offscape s.a.s., in 2013.
Alessandro Cambi was born in Siena on 6th June 1976. He enrolled in the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Florence in 1996 and graduated in July 2002. He worked with architectural practices in Siena, Paris and Rome, while continuing his own architectural research through design projects and competitions. The result of this line of activity was his affiliation with SCAPE in January 2005. He has tutored national and international workshops and held conferences at the university architectural faculties of Ferrara, Genoa, Reggio Calabria and Rome. Since 2010 he has been a visiting lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Roma Tre, and also at the University of Ferrara since 2012.
Francesco Marinelli was born in Rome on 7th November 1975. He entered the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Roma Tre in 1994, where he followed a line of study involving architecture and the city and architecture and landscape in their various forms. He graduated in 2002. He has tutored and coordinated numerous workshops, both national and international, and has held conferences at the Faculty of Architecture in Milan, Genoa, Florence, Reggio Calabria, Rome, the Pratt Institute-Rome and the University of Waterloo-Rome. From 2002 to 2010, he collaborated on courses of Design and Planning with the Faculty of Architecture, Roma Tre. Since 2010 he has been a visiting lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture, Roma Tre. In 2002, he set up the SCAPE project with Paolo Mezzalama and Ludovica Di Falco.
Ludovica Di Falco was born in Naples on 17th September 1975. In 1993 she enrolled in the Faculty of Architecture at Roma Tre and in 1996 studied at the Technische Universität, Vienna, where she was able to develop her research on the theme of residential building. In 2001 she took a first class degree with a project on the restoration of the Bagnoli industrial zone in Naples, mentored by Alessandro Anselmi. After working for with various Roman architectural practices, due to her interest in France and French culture, she moved to Paris, where, in 2002 -2003, she collaborated with Buffi Associés SA. At the same time, in 2002, she set up the SCAPE project with Paolo Mezzalama and Francesco Marinelli. Since 2010, she has been a visiting lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture at Roma Tre. She lives now between Paris and Zurich
Paolo Mezzalama was born in Rome on 4th June 1975. In 1993 he enrolled in the Faculty of Architecture at Roma Tre, where he developed his interest in architectural planning, above all at an urban development level. He graduated in February 2001. In 2001-2002, collaborating with Studio Salvioni in Rome, he worked on various residential building projects and, with Francesco Cellini, on the project for a housing complex in Orvieto and the new FAO headquarters in Rome. From 2001 to 2009 he was assistant to Stefano Cordeschi at the architectural planning course at the Faculty of Architecture at Roma Tre. He has held conferences in the university faculties of Milan, Rome, Waterloo-Rome and the March School of Architecture in Moscow. In 2002 he set up the SCAPE project with Francesco Marinelli and Ludovica Di Falco. Since 2010, he has been a visiting lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture, Roma Tre.