Dezeenwire: 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.