OMA Appoints Four New Partners

The Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) is pleased to announce that Chris van Duijn, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Jason Long and Michael Kokora have joined the OMA partnership.

The four newly appointed partners, all previously associates within the company, bring the number of OMA equity partners to ten, alongside Rem Koolhaas, Ellen van Loon, Reinier de Graaf, Shohei Shigematsu, Iyad Alsaka and David Gianotten.

The larger partnership will be vital in leading international projects from OMA’s offices in Rotterdam, Hong Kong, New York, Beijing and Doha; it coincides with the increasing number of OMA and AMO projects worldwide, and the office’s interest in further intellectual exploration within and beyond the traditional boundaries of architecture.

Chris van Duijn joined OMA in 2000 and is based in Rotterdam. He has been involved in many of OMA’s most renowned projects including Universal Studios in Los Angeles, the Prada stores in New York and Los Angeles (2001), Casa da Musica in Porto (2005), and CCTV Headquarters in Beijing (2012). In addition to large-scale and complex projects, he has worked on interiors and small-scale projects including private houses, product design, and temporary structures such as the Prada Transformer in Seoul (2009). Currently he is overseeing several projects under construction including the Fondazione Prada in Milan, the Parc des Expositions in Toulouse, a house in Rotterdam, and product development projects. Van Duijn holds a Master of Architecture from the Technical University of Delft.

Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli joined OMA in 2007 and is based in Rotterdam. Pestellini’s work and research at OMA/AMO has a focus on design, preservation, scenography, and curation. He currently leads the transformation design of the 16th century Fondaco dei Tedeschi in Venice, and developed Monditalia, a multi-disciplinary exhibition focused on Italy, at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. Recently, Pestellini has directed the design of OMA’s Tools for Life furniture collection for Knoll, led architectural competitions including the expansion of Bocconi University in Milan and the Tecnopole of Bologna, designed scenography for the Greek theater of Siracusa in Sicily, and co-curated Cronocaos, OMA’s exhibition on preservation at the 2010 Venice Architectural Biennale. Since 2010, Pestellini has overseen a range of AMO projects with Prada, including stage design for fashion shows and directing special events and publications. He contributes to the curatorial development and exhibition design for Fondazione Prada, with projects such When Attitudes Become Form: 1969/2013 in Venice. He holds a Master of Architecture from the Politecnico di Milano.

Jason Long joined OMA in 2003 and has been based in OMA New York since 2007. After contributing as Associate Editor of Content (Taschen 2004) and acting as a key member of AMO in Rotterdam, he served as project architect and project manager for many of OMA’s cultural projects in the Americas including the Quebec National Beaux-Arts Museum, the Faena Arts Center in Miami Beach and the Marina Abramovic Institute in Hudson, New York. In addition, Long has overseen a number of residential projects in the US, including the Transbay 8 tower in San Francisco. He has a longstanding experience with strategic masterplanning, from his early involvement in AMO studies for Beijing Preservation and Shanghai Planning to the recent winning competition scheme for the Miami Beach Convention Center District. Long has been a Visiting Critic at Cornell University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Vassar College, and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

Michael Kokora joined OMA in 2007 and is based in Hong Kong. In 2009, he established OMA/AMO Asia together with OMA partner David Gianotten. Within the Asia Pacific region, he is responsible for leading a large portion of OMA/AMO’s portfolio and is developing projects in China, South East Asia, and Australia. He oversaw the design and construction of the Shenzhen Stock Exchange from 2007 to the building’s completion in 2013. Other projects have included: the conceptual masterplan for Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District, an office tower in Kuala Lumpur, a residential project on the peak in Hong Kong, a cultural resort in Indonesia, a broadcasting facility in Indonesia, and a masterplan to regenerate areas in Jakarta. Kokora is an Assistant Professor at the University of Hong Kong where he teaches in the Master of Architecture program. Prior to joining OMA, he worked for 10 years on a wide range of projects in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He holds a Master of Architecture degree from Yale University where he received the Eero Saarinen Memorial Scholarship for design.


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