Ole Scheeren is a German architect and principal of Buro 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 Buro-OS, Ole Scheeren is working on the Guardian Art Center, the new exhibition space and headquarters for China’s oldest art auction house currently under construction in close proximity to the Forbidden City in Beijing; DUO, a large-scale mixed-use urban development in Singapore; MahaNakhon, at 314 meter soon to be Bangkok’s tallest tower and housing the Ritz-Carlton Residences; Angkasa Raya, a 268 meter tall landmark building in the center of Kuala Lumpur; and a large-scale mixed-use urban development in Shenzhen, China.
Prior to launching Buro Ole Scheeren in 2010, Scheeren was Director and Partner along with Rem Koolhaas at OMA, and responsible for the office’s work across Asia. As partner-in-charge of one of the largest buildings in the world, he successfully led the design and realization of the CCTV and TVCC Towers in Beijing. Other projects include The Interlace, a residential complex in Singapore (completed) and the Taipei Performing Arts Center in Taiwan (under construction). He directed OMA’s work for Prada and completed the Prada Epicenters in New York and Los Angeles; and led numerous other projects including the Leeum Cultural Center in Seoul and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Through Studio Ole Scheeren, he is exploring his more personal interest in nonarchitectural projects and interventions, such as Archipelago Cinema, a floating auditorium in the Andaman Sea for the “Film on the Rocks” Festival in Yao Noi, Thailand, and subsequently installed at the 13th Architecture Biennale in Venice. More recently he developed Mirage City Cinema, a cinema-architecture space commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation as part of the Sharjah Biennial 11 Film Programme.
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, serves on juries for awards and competitions, and 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.