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About OMA

OMA is a leading international partnership practicing architecture, urbanism, and cultural analysis. OMA's buildings and masterplans around the world insist on intelligent forms while inventing new possibilities for content and everyday use. OMA is led by ten partners – Rem Koolhaas, Ellen van Loon, Reinier de Graaf, Shohei Shigematsu, Iyad Alsaka, David Gianotten, Chris van Duijn, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Jason Long and Michael Kokora – and maintains offices in Rotterdam, New York, Beijing, Hong Kong, Doha and Dubai.

The counterpart to OMA's architectural practice is AMO, a research studio based in Rotterdam. While OMA remains dedicated to the realization of buildings and masterplans, AMO operates in areas beyond traditional boundaries of architecture, including media, politics, sociology, renewable energy, technology, fashion, curating, publishing, and graphic design.

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OMA at CTBUH

BCO Members Tour IIT Campus

BCO Members Tour IIT Campus

22 May 2015, Tour Report – As a supporting partner of this year’s British Council for Offices Conference, the…

Miami Grows Up

Miami Grows Up

16-20 Feb 2015, Tour Report – Daniel Safarik, CTBUH China Office Director & Journal Editor, visited Miami to…

CTBUH 13th Annual Awards Executive Table Sponsor

CTBUH 13th Annual Awards Executive Table Sponsor

6 Nov 2014, Awards Event – The CTBUH 13th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after…

OMA at CTBUH

BCO Members Tour IIT Campus
22 May 2015, Chicago – Tour Report
As a supporting partner of this year’s British Council for Offices Conference, the CTBUH hosted more than 40 visitors from the BCO for an event on its home campus at IIT.
Miami Grows Up
16-20 Feb 2015, Miami – Tour Report
Daniel Safarik, CTBUH China Office Director & Journal Editor, visited Miami to engage with firms, welcome new members, and gain a understanding of a fast growing tall building market.
CTBUH 13th Annual Awards Executive Table Sponsor
6 Nov 2014, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 13th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the daytime Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
CTBUH Interviews Rem Koolhaas & David Gianotten from OMA
Feb 2014 – CTBUH Journal Paper
On the occasion of receiving the Best Tall Building Worldwide award at the 12th Annual CTBUH Awards Symposium and Dinner for CCTV Headquarters, Beijing, Rem Koolhaas, founding partner, Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), sat for an interview…
CTBUH 12th Annual Awards Executive Table Sponsor
7 Nov 2013, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 12th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the afternoon Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
Rem Koolhaas from OMA Presents on CCTV
7 Nov 2013, Chicago – Awards Symposium Video
Rem Koolhaas, Founding Partner at OMA, presents on CCTV, the CTBUH Best Tall Buildings Asia & Australasia Winner at this year's awards symposium.

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David Gianotten

David Gianotten

CTBUH Awards Jury, 2014
Hong Kong, China

Ellen van Loon

Ellen van Loon

CTBUH Awards Symposium, Speaker, 2014
Rotterdam, Netherlands

CTBUH Resources Involving OMA

Award Winners & Award of Excellence Recipients

The CTBUH Awards recognize projects and individuals that have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment, and that achieve sustainability at the highest and broadest level.

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Award of Excellence

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Interview: De Rotterdam

6 Nov 2014 – 2014 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews
Jos Melchers, MAB Development; Ellen van Loon, OMA

Monthly Video: De Rotterdam

6 Nov 2014 – Monthly Video Series
Jos Melchers, MAB Development; Ellen van Loon, OMA

2014 Shanghai International Conference - Closing Plenary - Q & A

18 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference
Panel Questions & Answers

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Debating Tall: Has Tall Social Housing Been a Failure?

28 Jul 2015 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue III
Shi-Ming Yu, National University of Singapore; Reinier de Graaf, Office for Metropolitan Architecture

The Public Meaning of Skyscrapers: Shenzhen Stock Exchange and CCTV

16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings
David Gianotten, Rem Koolhaas & Sylvia Chan, OMA

Towards Sustainable Vertical Urbanism

Sep 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue III
Daniel Safarik, CTBUH

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Videos

Interview: De Rotterdam
6 Nov 2014 – 2014 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; Jos Melchers, MAB Development; Ellen van Loon, OMA
Jos Melchers, MAB Development, and Ellen van Loon, OMA, are interviewed by Chris Bentley regarding the Best Tall Building Europe Winner, De Rotterdam, during the 2014 CTBUH Awards Symposium at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Monthly Video: De Rotterdam
6 Nov 2014 – Monthly Video Series; Jos Melchers, MAB Development; Ellen van Loon, OMA
Thursday 6th November 2014. Chicago, IL. Jos Melchers, MAB Development, and Ellen van Loon, OMA, are interviewed by Chris Bentley regarding the Best Tall Building Europe Winner, De Rotterdam, during the 2014 CTBUH Awards Symposium at the Illinois…
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Closing Plenary - Q & A
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Closing Plenary Questions & Answers session with speakers David Malott, CTBUH Chairman-Elect / Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, David Gianotten of OMA, Carol Willis of The Skyscraper Museum, & James Von Klemperer…
The Public Meaning of Skyscrapers: Shenzhen Stock Exchange and CCTV
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; David Gianotten, OMA
David Gianotten from OMA presents at the 2014 Shanghai Conference closing plenary on "The Public Meaning of Skyscrapers: Shenzhen Stock Exchange and CCTV."
Interview: David Gianotten
18 Sep 2014 – 2014 Shanghai Conference Interviews; David Gianotten, OMA
Thursday 18th September 2014. Shanghai, China. David Gianotten of OMA is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2014 CTBUH Shanghai Conference at the Jin Mao Tower.
What would a “sustainable” skyscraper look like to you?
Aug 2014 – Monthly Video Series; Clyde Baker, AECOM; Nigel Dancey, Foster + Partners; Rem Koolhaas, OMA; Roy Liu, Gravity Partnership Ltd.; and Bill Price, WSP Group
Industry leaders answering this question include: Clyde Baker, AECOM; Nigel Dancey, Foster + Partners; Rem Koolhaas, OMA; Roy Liu, Gravity Partnership Ltd.; and Bill Price, WSP Group.
Is it viable to test the limit of how high man can place materials above ground?
Apr 2014 – Monthly Video Series; B.K. Boley, ADD Inc; Dave Elder, Mace; Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang Architects; James Goettsch, Goettsch Partners; Rem Koolhaas, OMA; Gurjit Singh, Aldar Properties
Industry leaders answering this question include: B.K. Boley, ADD Inc; Dave Elder, Mace; Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang Architects; James Goettsch, Goettsch Partners; Rem Koolhaas, OMA; and Gurjit Singh, Aldar Properties.
What do you think the North America, Asian and Western European tall building communities most need to learn?
Feb 2014 – Monthly Video Series; Dave Elder, Mace; Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang Architects; James Goettsch, Goettsch Partners; Rem Koolhaas, OMA; Sunny Wang, BROAD Group
Industry leaders answering this question include: Dave Elder, Mace; Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang Architects; James Goettsch, Goettsch Partners; Rem Koolhaas, OMA; and Sunny Wang, BROAD Group.
Best Tall Building Asia & Australasia: CCTV Headquarters: A New Typology for the Skyscraper
7 Nov 2013 – CTBUH "12th Annual Awards"; Rem Koolhaas, OMA
CCTV Headquarters singlehandedly paved the way from the height-obsessed, set-back skyscraper of the past to the sculptural and spatial skyscraper of the present, at the scale of the urban skyline.
Challenging Preconceptions of the High-Rise Typology
5 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Ole Scheeren, OMA
Ole Scheeren from the Office of Metropolitan Architecture, presented some of the strategies utilized by OMA to challenge preconceptions of the tall building typology at the CTBUH 8th World Congress. He also examined the possibility of re-thinking the…
Plenary 3 Panel Questions and Answers
5 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; David Malott, KPF; Leslie Robertson, LERA; Ken Dalton, AECOM / Faber Maunsell; Ole Scheeren, OMA
The panel of Plenary Session 3, David Malott, Leslie Robertson, Ken Dalton and Ole Scheeren, enthusiastically responded to questions from the CTBUH 8th World Congress audience.

Papers/Research

Debating Tall: Has Tall Social Housing Been a Failure?
28 Jul 2015 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue III; Shi-Ming Yu, National University of Singapore; Reinier de Graaf, Office for Metropolitan Architecture
The world’s rapid urbanization and densification of its cities will need to include its legions of economically disadvantaged people. Yet in many countries, the “obvious” solution – subsidized tall social housing – has been a subject of scorn. For…
The Public Meaning of Skyscrapers: Shenzhen Stock Exchange and CCTV
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; David Gianotten, Rem Koolhaas & Sylvia Chan, OMA
Through the designs of Shenzhen Stock Exchange and the CCTV Headquarters in Beijing, the paper illustrates the potential of skyscrapers in creating public meaning. This paper argues that the skyscraper typology can be constantly reinvented to…
Towards Sustainable Vertical Urbanism
Sep 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue III; Daniel Safarik, CTBUH
The survival of humanity on this planet relies on a radical repositioning of our cities. In the face of unprecedented global population growth, urbanization, pollution increase and climate change, it is no longer enough to simply create buildings…
The New Context of Tall
Feb 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue I; Rem Koolhaas & David Gianotten, OMA
On the occasion of receiving the Best Tall Building Worldwide award at the 12th Annual CTBUH Awards Symposium and Dinner for CCTV Headquarters, Beijing, Rem Koolhaas, founding partner, Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), sat for an interview…
Challenging Preconceptions of the High-Rise Typology
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Rem Koolhaas, OMA
The skyscraper was born over 100 years ago, when the elevator made it possible to have access to previously unimaginable levels of a building. This paper examines strategies utilized by OMA to challenge the preconceptions of the tall building…