Joshua Prince-Ramus

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Joshua Ramus
Born (1969-08-11) August 11, 1969 (age 46)
United States
Nationality American
Alma mater Yale University, Harvard University
Occupation Architect
Practice REX, Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA)
Buildings Seattle Central Library, AT&T Performing Arts Center Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, Vakko Fashion Center and Power Media Center, Guggenheim-Hermitage Museum, Museum Plaza, Kortrijk Central Library

Joshua Prince-Ramus (born August 11, 1969) is Principal of REX, an internationally acclaimed architecture and design firm based in New York City, whose name signifies a re-appraisal (RE) of architecture (X). Operating across many scales, REX consistently advances new building paradigms and promotes the agency of architecture. Seminal projects include the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre in Dallas, Texas; the Vakko Fashion Center in Istanbul, Turkey; and the Seattle Central Library—all opened to critical acclaim. The subject of numerous international exhibitions and publications, the work of REX has been recognized with many of the profession's top accolades, including the American Institute of Architects' National Honor Award in 2005 and 2011.

Amongst REX's more recently completed work, the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre in Dallas, Texas received the American Institute of Architects' 2011 National Honor Award, the U.S Institute for Theatre Technology's 2012 National Honor Award, and the American Council of Engineering Companies' 2010 national Gold Award. The Vakko Fashion Center in Istanbul, Turkey was presented ArchDaily's 2010 Office Building of the Year, Wallpaper* magazine's Design Award for Best Workspace, Architizer's 2013 A+ Award for Low-Rise Office Building, and was nominated for the 2013 Aga Khan Award.

Current projects include the Mercedes-Benz Campus and Future Lab in Stuttgart, Germany, a 10,000 m² public showcase for the international brand's research and development activities; a 4,300 m² private residence on Long Island for a patriarch, his four children, and each of their four families; a 125-meter tall, dynamic, sunlight-responsive installation shading the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas; and the re-cladding and interior renovation of Five Manhattan West, a 140,000 m² Brutalist landmark straddling Penn Station's rail yard. REX was recently declared the winner of a limited competition for $480 million, 80 storey tower in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Notably, within the past several years, REX received second prize in limited international competitions for the new Edvard Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway; the Finnish Innovation Fund's Low2No sustainable development in Helsinki, Finland;[1] the New Victoria and Albert Museum in Dundee, Scotland;[2] and the New Central Library for the city of Calgary in Canada.[3]

Joshua was founding partner of OMA New York—the American affiliate of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture/Rem Koolhaas—and served as its principal until he repositioned the firm as REX in 2006.[4] While REX was still known as OMA New York, Joshua was Partner in Charge of the Guggenheim-Hermitage Museum in Las Vegas and the Seattle Central Library, hailed as Time magazine's 2004 Building of the Year and by Herbert Muschamp in the New York Times as the "most exciting new building it has been my honor to review in more than 30 years of writing about architecture."[5] In 2005, the Seattle Central Library was awarded the top honors bestowed by the American Institute of Architects, the American Library Association, and the American Council of Engineering Companies. The Library is currently one of seven finalists for the inaugural Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize, awarded to the best architectural work in the Americas completed from 2000 to 2013.[6]

The work of REX and Joshua Prince-Ramus has been exhibited and published extensively. Joshua has been credited on the "5 greatest architects under 50" by The Huffington Post,[7] one of the world's most influential young architects by Wallpaper*,[8] one of the twenty most influential players in design by Fast Company,[9] and listed among "The 20 Essential Young Architects" by ICON magazine.[10]

Joshua was the Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor at the Yale School of Architecture,[11] and a visiting professor at the architecture schools of Columbia University, Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Syracuse University. He is a member of the TED Brain Trust and shared REX's design methodologies at the TED2006 and TEDxSMU conferences.




  1. ^ "REX architecture: sitra low2no sustainable development, finland". designboom - architecture & design magazine. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "REX architecture: V&A at dundee shortlisted design". designboom - architecture & design magazine. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "Calgary New Central Library Competition Shortlists Four Teams". Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "Joshua Prince-Ramus Leaving Koolhaas's O.M.A. to Start New Architecture Firm". The New York Times. 14 May 2006. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  5. ^ "The Library That Puts on Fishnets and Hits the Disco". The New York Times. 16 May 2004. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  6. ^ "MCHAP Recognizes OMA, Holl, HdM as Finalists for Most Outstanding Projects in the Americas". ArchDaily. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  7. ^ "5 Greatest Architects Under 50". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  8. ^ "REX Architecture" (PDF). REX Architecture. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  9. ^ "The Architect of a Different Kind of Organization". Fast Company. 1 June 2005. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  10. ^ Fatema Ahmed. "The 20 essential young architects - Icon Magazine". Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  11. ^ "The Eero Saarinen Visiting Professorship of Architectural Design". Retrieved 18 May 2016. 

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