Leading Architecture Practice OMA Joins NewCities

North view bridge, De Rotterdam © Image courtesy of OMA; photography by Ossip van Duivenbode

The NewCities Foundation is pleased to announce that OMA – a leading international partnership practicing architecture, urbanism and cultural analysis – has joined the NewCities as a member.

OMA is led by ten partners: Rem Koolhaas, Reinier de Graaf, Ellen van Loon, Shohei Shigematsu, Iyad Alsaka, David Gianotten, Chris van Duijn, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Jason Long and Michael Kokora – and sustains an international practice with offices in Rotterdam, New York, Beijing, Hong Kong, and Doha.

This is an exciting step in our ongoing collaboration with the firm, which has seen OMA partner Rem Koolhaas give a compelling keynote at Cityquest – KAEC Forum in Saudi Arabia (2013), and partner Reinier de Graaf offer bold insights during a “Smart Cities” panel at our NewCities Summit in Dallas in June 2014.

John Rossant, Founder and Chairman, NewCities, said:

“By joining NewCities, OMA will reinforce our goal to advance thought leadership in the field of future cities, and to foster innovative, creative urban solutions. We’re excited to be strengthening our relationship with such a pioneering, forward thinking, global practice.”

Reinier de Graaf, Partner at OMA, said:

“In bringing together experts from the fields of technology, energy, sustainability, infrastructure, telecoms, transport, finance, architecture, design, public policy and research, NewCities offers a unique platform to reflect on the city as a truly multidisciplinary subject. OMA is very happy to join this platform.”

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About OMA

OMA’s recently completed projects include the G-Star Headquarters in Amsterdam (2014); Shenzhen Stock Exchange – China’s equivalent of the NASDAQ exchange for hi-tech industries (2013); De Rotterdam, the largest building in the Netherlands (2013); and the headquarters for China Central Television – a tower reinvented as a loop (2012).

OMA-designed buildings currently under construction include the Taipei Performing Arts Centre; three buildings in Doha, Qatar; the Bibliothèque Multimédia à Vocation Régionale, a four-story public library in Caen; and Bryghusprojektet in Copenhagen, and a mixed-use project accommodating the new headquarters for the Danish Architecture Centre.

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, the Mies van der Rohe – European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture (2005), the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 2010 Venice Biennale, and most recently, the prestigious RIBA Charles Jencks Award in 2012 and the Johannes Vermeer Prijs in 2013.