Ole Scheeren is a German architect and principal of Büro Ole Scheeren with offices in Hong Kong and Beijing. Educated at the universities of Karlsruhe and Lausanne, he graduated from the Architectural Association in London and was awarded the RIBA Silver Medal.
At Büro-OS, Ole Scheeren is working on Angkasa Raya, a 268 meter tall landmark building in the center of Kuala Lumpur; the large-scale urban development DUO in Singapore; MahaNakhon, a 310-meter mixed-use tower in the city of Bangkok; a studio/gallery building for a Beijing-based artist; and the new headquarters for China’s oldest art auction house in Beijing. The design for the future media campus of Axel Springer SE, one of Germany’s most influential and dynamic media enterprises, has recently been awarded with a first prize.
Prior to launching Büro Ole Scheeren in March 2010, Scheeren was Director and Partner along with Rem Koolhaas at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, and responsible for the office’s work across Asia. As partner-in-charge and the architect responsible for one of the largest buildings in the world, he successfully led the design and realization of the China Central Television Station CCTV and the Television Cultural Centre TVCC in Beijing. Other projects include The Interlace, a 1040-unit large-scale residential complex in Singapore (completed); The Scotts Tower, featuring high-end apartments in Singapore; a media center in Shanghai; a project for Shenzhen’s new city center; as well as the Taipei Performing Arts Center in Taiwan (under construction). He directed OMA’s work for Prada and completed the Prada Epicenters in New York (2001) and Los Angeles (2004). He also led numerous other projects including the Beijing Books Building, the Leeum Cultural Center in Seoul (2006) and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Through Studio Ole Scheeren, he is exploring his more personal interest in non-architectural projects and interventions, such as Archipelago Cinema, a floating auditorium first conceived in the Andaman Sea of Thailand for the Film On The Rocks Yao Noi Festival and then installed at the 13th Architecture Biennale in Venice. Recently, he developed The Mirage City Cinema, a cinema-architecture space commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation as part of the Sharjah Biennial 11 Film Programme curated by Apichatpong Weerasethakul.
Ole Scheeren has contributed to various arts and culture projects and exhibitions throughout his career, including Triennials in Beijing and Milan, China Design Now in London, the exhibition Cities on the Move at London’s Hayward Gallery and in the city of Bangkok, Media City Seoul and the Rotterdam Film Festival. For the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) he designed two exhibitions in New York and Beijing featuring the CCTV project.
He regularly lectures at various international institutions and conferences and serves on juries for awards and competitions. He is visiting professor at Hong Kong University.
Eric Chang is Partner at Buro Ole Scheeren and has been collaborating on the design and management of numerous projects with Ole Scheeren over the past decade. Chang is an American with a Bachelor in Philosophy and Fine Arts and received his Master of Architecture from Yale University in 1995.
At Buro-OS, Eric Chang manages the operations of many of the ongoing projects, including Angkasa Raya, a 268 meter tall landmark building in Kuala Lumpur’s city center; a large-scale urban development DUO in Singapore, as well as an arts center in Beijing and a contemporary arts museum in central China. Previous projects with Ole Scheeren at OMA include Mahanakhon, The Interlace, The Scotts Tower, the Beijing Books Building, as well as the Prada Epicenters in New York (2001) and Los Angeles (2004).
After completing his master’s degree, Eric Chang joined Gluckman Mayner Architects in New York where he worked on the design of the Mori Arts Center in Tokyo, the Helmut Lang and Yves Saint Laurent boutiques in New York, as well as the Light Projects for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, and Peacekeeper’s Memorial at the UN headquarters in New York. Between 2004 and 2010, Eric Chang was an Associate at OMA and General Manager of OMA’s Beijing office.