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Koolhaas, Rem

Born: 1944 AD
Currently alive, at 75 years of age.

1944 – He was born on the 17th day of November this year in Rotterdam, Netherlands.


1952 – When Rem Koolhaas was eight, his parents moved to Jakarta, Indonesia, and lived there for four years. His father, in his writing, had strongly supported the Indonesian cause for autonomy from the colonial Dutch


1956- He worked as a reporter for the Haagse Post and as a screenwriter.


1968 – He first studied scriptwriting at the Dutch Film Academy, and was then a journalist for the Haagse Post before starting studies, in this year, in architecture at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London.


1972 – He further studies at Cornell University in New York.


1974- He won the Progressive Architecture Award with L. Spear.


1978- He conducted multiple projects in Holland, include expansion of the Hague’s Parliament, driving him to move his practice (OMA) to Rotterdam


1980 – He first came to public and critical attention with OMA (The Office for Metropolitan Architecture), the office he founded in this year together with architects Elia Zenghelis, Zoe Zenghelis and (Koolhaas’s wife) Madelon Vriesendorp in London.


1988 – This year, he teaches at the Technical University in Delft, the Netherlands.


1991- He won the Prix d’Architecture for Villa dall’Ava, Paris, France.


1992- He awarded for The Best Building in Japan for Housing, Fukuoka, Japan by the Architectural Institute of Japan.


2000- He wins the prestigious Pritzker Price for Architecture.


2005 – He co-founded Volume Magazine together with Mark Wigley and Ole Bouman.