Rem Koolhaas has been named the winner of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement by the board of the Venice Architecture Biennale
The Dutch architect was awarded the prize after being put forward by Kazuyo Sejima, the director of the exhibition, themed ‘people meet in architecture’.
Koolhaas was mentioned in Time in 2008 as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, after co-founding the OMA in 1975.
The board said: ‘Rem Koolhaas has expanded the possibilities of architecture. He has focused on the exchanges between people in space. He creates buildings that bring people together and in this way forms ambitious goals for architecture. His influence on the world has come well beyond architecture. People from very diverse fields feel a great freedom from his work.’
The Golden Lion awards are the highest accolades attainable at the Biennale. Previous winners of the Lifetime Achievement award include Richard Rogers and Frank Gehry.
This year the Board also awarded a special commemorative Golden Lion in memory of the Japanese architect, Kazuo Shinohara, who died in 2006.
The biennale will run from August 29 until November 21.