Reinier de Graaf (architect)

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Reinier de Graaf (born 1964) is architect and Partner of architecture and design office OMA, founded by Rem Koolhaas, with offices in Rotterdam, New York, Beijing, Hong Kong and Doha and projects in over 35 countries.

Reinier de Graaf
Born 1964
Nationality Dutch


Reinier de Graaf was born in Schiedam.[1] He holds an architecture diploma from Delft University and a master's degree in architecture from the Berlage Institute. De Graaf worked for architecture firms in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom and joined OMA in 1996.

As Partner of OMA he is responsible for a number of building projects in Europe, Russia, Scandinavia, and the Middle East, the Stadskantoor[2] (City Hall) in Rotterdam, the new G-Star Headquarters (completed 2014)[3] in Amsterdam, Norra tornen residential towers[4] in Stockholm, and the Commonwealth Institute[5] (under construction) and Morden Wharf mixed use development on Greenwich Peninsula[6] in London.

De Graaf also directs the work of AMO, the research and design studio established in 1998 as a counterpart to the architectural practice of OMA.[7] While OMA remains dedicated to the realization of buildings and master plans, AMO operates in fields such as media, sociology, technology, energy research, branding, fashion, publishing and graphic design. AMO’s clients include the European Union, Prada, Universal Studios, Schiphol Airport, Heineken, the Hermitage museum, Ikea, Condé Nast and Harvard University. In 2004 AMO designed a new graphic identity for the EU.[8]

He has overseen AMO’s increasing involvement in sustainability and energy planning, including Zeekracht: a strategic Masterplan for the North Sea,[9] the publication in 2010 of “Roadmap 2050: A Practical Guide to a Prosperous, Low-Carbon Europe”[10] with the European Climate Foundation, and “The Energy Report,”[11] a global plan for 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, made with the WWF.

Over the last several years, de Graaf has also worked extensively in Moscow, first by overseeing OMA’s proposal to design the Masterplan for the Skolkovo Innovation Centre, or “Russian Silicon Valley”. In 2012, OMA AMO led a consortium which proposed a development concept for the Moscow Agglomeration: an urban plan for Greater Moscow.[12] Since 2010, De Graaf has also been involved in the founding and curriculum development of The Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, and continues to teach as part of its post-graduate educational program.

De Graaf has recently curated two exhibitions, On Hold[13] at the British School in Rome in 2011 and the travelling exhibition Public Works: Architecture by Civil Servants[14] (Venice Biennale, 2012; Berlin, 2013).

De Graaf lectures frequently in the academic and professional realm.

Writing and Publications[edit]

  • “Balance of Power”. Twistgesprek interview of Reinier de Graaf published in deVolkskrant, May 4, 2014[15]
  • “Balance of power: a renewed case for renewable energy for Europe.” An OpEd by Reinier de Graaf published by Euractiv. May 9, 2014.[16]
  • “From CIAM to Cyberspace: Architecture and the Community.”. Project Journal, Issue 3, Spring 2014.
  • "Public Works, Architecture by Civil Servants." An essay published in CLOG: Brutalism Issue. Guest Editor Michael Abrahamson. March, 2013.
  • A Development Concept for the Moscow Agglomeration. Published in Project Russia, Issue 66, February 2013.
  • “Bloody Fools”. A critical essay by Reinier de Graaf on Public Works, Architecture by Civil Servants”. Published in the Critical Reader Catalog of the 13th Architectural Biennale in Venice, August 2012.
  • At Your Service: 10 Steps to becoming a Successful Urban Consultant. Reinier de Graaf, published in Al Manakh Cont’d, Volume Issue 23.
  • “Tackling climate change still a luxury in developing world.” An article by Reinier de Graaf published by CNN International, August 17, 2011.[17]
  • “Look past the liveability ranks”. An article by Reinier de Graaf published in the Financial Times, April 6, 2010.[18]
  • A hundred Copenhagens could not bring the changes we need. OpEd by Reinier de Graaf published in Business Day, South Africa, 22 December 2009, De Verdieping Trouw, Netherlands, 22 December 2009 and New Times, Rwanda, 7 January 2010.[19]
  • A Year in the Gulf—Diary. Reinier de Graaf, published in Al Manakh: Volume Issue 12. 27 May 2009.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Notes with a Vincent Award lecture by Reinier de Graaf
  2. ^ Stadskantoor
  3. ^ G-Star
  4. ^ Tors Torn
  5. ^ Commonwealth Institute
  6. ^ Morden Wharf
  7. ^ About OMA AMO
  8. ^ EU Barcode
  9. ^ Zeekracht
  10. ^ Roadmap 2050
  11. ^ The Energy Report
  12. ^ Moscow Agglomeration
  13. ^ On Hold
  14. ^ Public Works
  15. ^ Volkskrant Twistgesprek with Reinier de Graaf
  16. ^ Balance of Power
  17. ^ Tackling climate change still a luxury in the developing world
  18. ^ Look past the Liveability Ranks
  19. ^ Reinier de Graaf Copenhagen OpEd