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Rem Koolhaas lands 2012 Jencks Award

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OMA-founder Rem Koolhaas is set to receive this year’s prestigious Jencks Award

The annual accolade is given to individuals or practices in recognition of major international contributions to both the theory and practice of architecture.

Rem Koolhaas will receive the high-profile award on Tuesday 20 November at the RIBA’s in London headquarters and deliver a public lecture chaired by Charles Jencks.

Charles Jencks said: ‘Rem Koolhaas, more than any other architect of his generation, has built a parallel life between the theory and practice of architecture.

‘This double commitment was explicitly marked in 1999 as his twin studios, OMA and AMO, the Office of Metropolitan Architecture and the Architecture Media Organisation.

‘The former treats practical building, while the latter concentrates on cultural issues that arise with architecture. As he mentioned, “the separation of these Siamese twins enables us to liberate architectural thinking from architectural practice.” … Whatever the diagram, idea or formal invention, the theoretical part of Koolhaas keeps the constructive part on edge – vital, fascinating, maddening.’

Koolhaas has already won the RIBA Royal Gold Medal, the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2000 and the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 2010 Venice Biennale.


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