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Born: 17 November, 1944

Nationality: Dutch

Masterpiece: China Central Television Headquarters building

Website: www.oma.nl

"People can inhabit anything. And they can be miserable in anything and ecstatic in anything. More and more I think that architecture has nothing to do with it. Of course, that's both liberating and alarming. But the generic city, the general urban condition, is happening everywhere, and just the fact that it occurs in such enormous quantities must mean that it's habitable. Architecture can't do anything that the culture doesn't. We all complain that we are confronted by urban environments that are completely similar. We say we want to create beauty, identity, quality, singularity. And yet, maybe in truth these cities that we have are desired. Maybe their very characterlessness provides the best context for living." Rem Koolhaas


Rem Koolhaas was born November 17, 1950 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. At first the Dutch worked as a journalist for the Haagse Post. In 1968 he started studying architecture at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London and later at Cornell University in New York.

In 1975 Rem together with architects Elia Zenghelis, Zoe Zenghelis and Madelon Vriesendorp /Koolhaass wife/ founded The Office for Metropolitan Architecture/OMA/. They were later joined by Zaha Hadid the first woman who received Pritzker Prize.

Koolhaas has amassed an intriguing array of brilliant projects that continually blur the line between urban design and architecture. He has a rare talent and ability to think in design terms that range from the smallest construction detail to the concept for a regional master plan. Lacy, president of the State University of New York

In 2000 Rem Koolhaas received the Pritzker Architecture Prize, architecture's equivalent of the Nobel Prize.

Notable Work

2003 McCormick Tribune Campus Center

2004 Seattle Central Library

2005 Casa da Musica

2006 Shenzhen Stock Exchange

2009 CCTV HQ /China Central Television Headquarters building /

Information is used from: www.greatbuildingsonline.com

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