Koolhaas is an eminent Dutch architect, architectural theorist and urbanist, and is hailed as one of the “World’s 100 Most Influential People” by Time Magazine in 2008.
He studied at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London and at Cornell University in United States. He founded OMA in 1975 together with Elia and Zoe Zenghelis, and Madelon Vriesendorp.
In 1978, he published “Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan”. In 1995, his book “S, M, L, XL” summarized the work of OMA in “a novel about architecture”. He heads the work of both OMA and AMO, the research branch of OMA, operating in areas beyond the realm of architecture such as media, politics, renewable energy and fashion.
Koolhaas has won several international awards including the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2000, the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 2010 Venice Biennale, the RIBA Charles Jencks Award in 2012, and the Johannes Vermeer Prijs in 2013.
He is a professor at Harvard University where he conducts “Project on the City”. He is also Director of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, entitled “Fundamentals”. Koolhaas’ most recent work includes China Central Television’s New Headquarters in Beijing.