Rem Koolhaas has been named director of the Architecture section of the Venice Biennale, the board announced on Tuesday.
The Pritzker Prize-winning architect, who received the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 2010 Architecture Biennale, will be charged with curating the 14th international architecture exhibition in 2014.
“The Architecture Exhibitions of the Biennale have gradually grown in importance internationally. Rem Koolhaas, one of the most significant personalities among the architects of our time — who has based all his work on intense research, now renowned celebrity — has accepted to engage himself in yet another research and, why not, rethinking,” board president Paolo Baratta said in a statement.
Koolhaas founded OMA, the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, in 1975 with Elia and Zoe Zenghelis and Madelon Vriesendorp. Among his most notable buildings are the headquarters for China Central Television in Beijing, the Rothschild Bank headquarters in London, the Wyly Theatre in Dallas and the Taipei Performing Arts Center, which is currently under construction.
Koolhaas is the author of several books, including "Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan." He is a professor at Harvard University.