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Architect Joshua Prince-Ramus steps out of Rem Koolhaas' shadow

He started out at the star architect's firm but Joshua Prince-Ramus is now calling his own shots

Published on Apr 19, 2014 7:06 PM

It has been eight years since New York-based architect Joshua Prince- Ramus cut the apron strings from his mentor Rem Koolhaas, but he has never quite shaken off the association with the Dutch starchitect.

After working in Mr Koolhaas' OMA studio for 10 years since 1996, during which he helped set up the New York arm of the Rotterdam firm, Mr Prince-Ramus thought it was time to strike out on his own. He founded REX in the Big Apple with Mr Erez Ella, another OMA alumnus, in 2006.

Given Mr Prince-Ramus' protege status under Mr Koolhaas, their split then shocked the architecture fraternity.

To add fuel to fire, Mr Prince-Ramus also bought out Mr Koolhaas' share of the New York arm, kept the 35-member team and renamed the office REX.

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Background story

"I owe him an enormous debt because he... taught me that anything is possible. But we're doing our own thing now."

Architect Joshua Prince-Ramus on his relationship with his former boss, Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas