n 2008, the Pritzker-prize winning Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas was named one of the "world's most influential people," by Time magazine. An architectural theorist, urbanist, and professor at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, Koolhaas has published a number of influential studies on architecture.
In 2007 he published Al-Manakh. An authoritative resource for understanding the scope of urban development in the Arabian Gulf region, it offered a detailed analysis of cities including Abu Dhabi, Doha, Dubai and Kuwait City. In 2009 Koolhaas published Al Manakh: Gulf Continued, reexamining the Gulf cities amidst a changing economic landscape. This latest edition explores the geopolitical, technological, environmental and financial aspects of the region's ongoing urban transformation. Koolhaas is the founding partner of OMA, (The Office for Metropolitan Architecture) and is currently based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Amongst his noted projects are the Netherlands Embassy in Berlin and Germany, the design of concept stores for Prada, and the Seattle Public Library.
OMA is currently working on several projects in the Middle East including office/residential towers and master plans in Dubai, three master plans in Ras Al Khaimah and several public buildings in Qatar.