Key Speaker

Reinier de Graaf

Reinier de Graaf is a Dutch architect, architectural theorist, urbanist and writer. He is a partner of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), founded by Rem Koolhaas, and author of the book Four Walls and a Roof: The Complex Nature of a Simple Profession.

Reinier joined OMA in 1996 and is the practice’s longest serving non-founding partner. During his time at OMA, he has been responsible for building and master planning projects in Europe, Russia and the Middle East, including: De Rotterdam (2013); the G-Star Headquarters in Amsterdam (2014); Timmerhuis (2015); Holland Green; the redevelopment of the former Commonwealth Institute (2016); Norra Tornen, two residential towers in Stockholm (due for completion in 2018); the RAI Hotel in Amsterdam (due for completion in 2019); and Mangalem 21, a residential quarter in Tirana, Albania (due for completion in 2021). He has also worked extensively in the Middle East and Russia, leading the masterplan of the Skolkovo Innovation Centre (the “Russian Silicon Valley”) and the Greater Moscow Development Framework. His involvement in the future planning of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and the Hamad International Airport in Qatar have caused him to be widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on the development of airports as urban systems.

Since 2002, Reinier has also directed the work of AMO – OMA’s think tank. AMO’s clients include Prada, Universal Studios, Condé Nast, Schiphol Airport, the Hermitage Museum, Harvard University and the European Union, for which, in 2004, AMO conceived a new graphic identity, including a proposal for a new European flag.

Reinier is also responsible for AMO’s involvement in sustainability and energy planning, with projects such as Zeekracht: a strategic Masterplan for the North Sea; the 2010 publication Roadmap 2050: A Practical Guide to a Prosperous, Low-Carbon Europe for the European Climate Foundation; and The Energy Report, a global plan for 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, made with the WWF.