Reinier de Graaf, a Dutch architect who is a partner of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) founded by Rem Koolhaas, will give a public lecture at in:situ, the conference of the New Zealand Institute of Architects, on Thursday 14 February at 6.30 pm.
De Graaf, who is also an architectural theorist, urbanist and writer, joined OMA in 1996 and is the practice’s longest serving, non-founding partner. He is responsible for building and masterplanning projects in Europe, Russia, and the Middle East, including Holland Green in London (completed 2016), the new Timmerhuis in Rotterdam (completed 2015), G-Star Headquarters in Amsterdam (completed 2014), De Rotterdam (completed 2013), and the Norra Tornen residential towers in Stockholm, which have just been completed.
In 2002, De Graaf co-founded AMO, the think tank of OMA, and produced The Image of Europe, an exhibition illustrating the history of the European Union. He has overseen AMO’s increasing involvement in sustainability and energy planning, including Zeekracht: a strategic masterplan for the North Sea; the publication in 2010 of Roadmap 2050: A Practical Guide to a Prosperous, Low-Carbon Europe with the European Climate Foundation; and The Energy Report, a global plan for 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, with the WWF.
De Graaf has worked extensively in Moscow, overseeing OMA’s proposal to design the masterplan for the Skolkovo Centre for Innovation, the ‘Russian Silicon Valley,’ and leading a consortium which proposed a development concept for the Moscow Agglomeration: an urban plan for Greater Moscow. He has curated two exhibitions, On Hold, at the British School in Rome in 2011, and Public Works: Architecture by Civil Servants (Venice Biennale, 2012; Berlin, 2013).
His latest book is Four Walls and a Roof, The Complex Nature of a Simple Profession, which “reveals the world of contemporary architecture in vivid snapshots: from suburban New York to the rubble of northern Iraq, from the corridors of wealth in London, Moscow, and Dubai to garbage-strewn wastelands that represent the demolished hopes of postwar social housing”.
(Note: tickets to the public lecture is automatically included with any full or day conference ticket.)
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