Rem Koolhaas

OMA by Blommers Schumm

Rem Koolhaas

Dutch architect and Harvard professor Koolhaas, 65, is famous both for his unconventional design ideas and his provocative writings on urbanism and architecture. Koolhaas co-founded the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in 1975, and the firm now has offices in Rotterdam, Beijing, Hong Kong, and New York. OMA's reputation for avant-garde architecture has been boosted by bold designs such as the CCTV building in Beijing and the Seattle Central Library. AMO, meanwhile, is an internal innovation arm of the company that looks beyond buildings to consider the global big picture of projects.