Rem Koolhaas studied architecture in London after having worked as a journalist at the Amsterdam Haagse Post and as a set designer for films. Further to that he worked for a few years in New York, the time when he wrote an essay on the impact of metropolitan culture on architecture.
In 1975, together with Elia and Zoe Zenghelis and Madelon Vriesendorp, he set up the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), a studio from where he tried to define the new types of relationships between architecture and the contemporary cultural situation. He also fostered at the same time the Grosztadt Foundation to co-ordinate the cultural activities of OMA.
Koolhaas won the Pritzker award for Architecture, and some of his best known projects are the extension to the Parliament building in the Hague, the new city of Melum-Senart, the Library of France or the Centre for the Arts and Communication Techniques in Karlsruhe.