Male, Netherlands, born 11/17/1944

Associated with the firm network

Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA)

Professional History

From age 6-12, Koolhaas lived in Indonesia; Education: Lycee, Amsterdam, 1958-1962; Architectural Association, London, UK, 1968-1972; work: independent film script writer and journalist, Haagse Post, newspaper in The Hague, Netherlands, 1962-1967; Designer, Oswald Mathias Ungers at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1972-1975; Director/Partner, (with Elia Zenghelis, Zoe Zenghelis, and his wife, Madelon Vriesendorp) Office of Metropolitan Architecture, Rotterdam, New York and elsewhere, 1975-present; Professor of Architectural Practice and Urbanism, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1995-present;


Awarded a Harkness Travel Fellowship while at the Architectural Association, London, UK, 1972; awarded a Progressive Architecture Magazine Prize, 1975; First Prize, Dutch Parliament House Extension Competition, The Hague, Netherlands, (with Elia Zenghelis and Zaha Hadid) 1978; First Prize, Parc de la Villette Competition, Paris, France, (with Elia Zenghelis and others), 1982-1983; awarded the Pritzker Prize in 2000;


Married: architect and business partner, Madelon Vriesendorp;

Associated Locations

  • Rotterdam, Netherlands (Architect's Birth)
    Rotterdam, Netherlands

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PCAD id: 1180

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