Ole Scheeren to leave OMA

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architect Ole Scheeren is to leave Office for Metropolitan Architecture and establish his own studio - see press release below:

OMA and Ole Scheeren to work independently

Beijing/Rotterdam, 1 March 2010 – OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture) and Ole Scheeren announced today that Ole Scheeren will be leaving the firm in order to establish his own studio. During his time at OMA, Scheeren has led several of the firm’s projects, including the design and construction of CCTV and TVCC in Beijing, the Prada Epicenters in New York and Los Angeles, the MahaNakhon tower in Bangkok and the Interlace in Singapore.

Rem Koolhaas commented: “Ole has played a significant role in the development of the office and has successfully led the realization of the CCTV project. After 15 years of collaboration, we have now decided to work independently. I am personally looking forward to furthering OMA’s activities in Asia.”

Scheeren, who has accepted a post as Visiting Professor at Hong Kong University, added: “My collaboration with Rem Koolhaas and OMA has been an extraordinary experience – we have generated some remarkable projects both in East Asia and North America. The time has now come for me to pursue new opportunities, and I am very excited about this next phase of my work.”

By streamlining OMA’s Beijing operations, expanding its Hong Kong office, and placing both offices under the leadership of David Gianotten, general manager of OMA Asia, OMA believes it will be well positioned to offer its clients across Asia a strong and diversified portfolio of services. OMA will continue to execute its numerous projects in Asia, including the masterplan study for the West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong, the Taipei Performing Arts Centre in Taiwan, the Shenzhen Stock Exchange and the Chu Hai College campus in Hong Kong.

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  • Claudia

    Finally!
    All most influential OMA hardcore has left already: Alkemade and all his team, Ramus and the entire NYC crew… Best wishes to Ole Scheeren and let’s hope we will see again some cool stuff.

  • qndreqs

    what do you mean by influential, if in any case alkemade dissapeared, ramus hasnt developed anything post-oma and ole seems to be just a bussinesman, nothing before, nothing after oma…influential are winy maas, xaveer de geyter and zaera polo that have developed a kind of intelectual and architectural dialogue with what oma used to produce, also dan wood (just to name a few)
    and the only really influential and really hardcore is rem
    without rem there is no oma

  • Claudia

    Well, I might agree on Rem’s influence, but if you look beyond the jet-set, you find out how good the work of Alkemade is right now (by the way, he does collaborate a lot with Xaveer De Geyter!!), Ramus and Ella (also split) are developing their own good projects. I believe these guys are just too focused on doing a good job to spend time in PRing it. And Rem’s work has been big time promotion of the work of his talented team. The good old times of OMA expired when the brains have been replaced by business oriented managers and money-making machines, the production of recent times is obviously reflecting this. Let’s see whether Ole will try to ride the wave or he will decide to do something good as his former colleagues did.

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  • joe

    interesting how all of you know so much about oma without actually experiencing any of it. i assume you get all this information from the internet? stop wasting your time being critical about other architects (or firms) and start being critical about yourself and your own work. that is of course, if you have any……