Remment Lucas Koolhaas (1944) is the son of writer and film critic Anton Koolhaas. Having worked as a journalist and script writer before becoming an architect, he graduated from the Architectural Association in London. In 1972 he began his studies at Cornell University and the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York. He founded the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in 1975 together with Elia and Zoe Zenghelis and Madelon Vriesendorp. Projects realised by Koolhaas in the Netherlands include the IJplein in North Amsterdam along with the new building for the parliamentary House of Representatives and the Netherlands Dance Theatre in The Hague.
His international breakthrough came in 1992 following construction of the Kunsthal in Rotterdam. Since then, he has further enhanced his reputation through projects in France, the USA and Japan. In 2005, together with OMA, he received the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture/Mies van der Rohe Award for the design of the Dutch embassy in Berlin.
Currently attracting plenty of attention are his twin towers joined by suspended connection for CCTV in Bejing. In the late 1990s, Koolhaas conceived AMO, a research unit that operates in areas beyond the boundaries of architecture and urbanism. Recent AMO projects include consulting on the future of the European Union for the EU Reflection Group and designing catwalk shows for Prada.
Photo: OMA / Dominik Gigler