In a shock move, Joshua Prince-Ramus, the figurehead of Rem Koolhaas' operations in New York, has split from the Dutch architect's Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA).
Prince-Ramus has commandeered all 35 of OMA's New York staff and has poached a number of the practice's key US projects, including the recently unveiled Museum Plaza scheme in Louisville ( What the-? Rem reveals his latest effort
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He will also take control of the Wyly Theatre development at the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts and the Annenberg Center for Information Science and Technology.
Following the move, the 36 year old will become the head of a new firm, founded with fellow OMA deserter Erez Ella, called Ramus Ella Architects.
Prince-Ramus is perhaps best known for his work as the lead architect on the Seattle Central Library project, which opened to much public acclaim in May 2004.
He will continue to collaborate on the Millstein Hall development at Cornell University, Ithaca, which will remain under the OMA banner. by Richard Waite