Architect Rem Koolhaas has given independence to the international offices of Dutch architecture firm OMA, which he heads.
OMA currently has offices in New York, led by partner Shohei Shigematsu since 2006, Dubai, Beijing, Honk Kong and Australia. The firm’s Rotterdam office is also led by several partners.
Architect Renier de Graaf, whom we interviewed last year, is now in charge of all London projects.
Koolhaas told UK design magazine Dezeen that giving independence to the firm’s international subsidiaries would allow him to work on personal projects, like curating the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale.
The decision falls under Koolhaas’ succession planning. He also added: “[At] the current moment we’re doing a lot in many different countries. It’s simply not possible for one person to do it, but also I don’t want to”.
He also said that all six overseas projects would continue under the OMA name “for the time being”.
Koolhaas also told Dezeen that he has big upcoming projects in Doha next year, including the headquarters for the Qatar Foundation as well as the National Library.