OMA at Critical Distance conference

OMA at Critical Distance conference

Critical Distance returns on the next 17 February with Ellen van Loon of OMA. The architecture studio is famous for its signature of unexpected shapes, from which result outstanding buildings such as Casa da Música in Porto, or the CCTV Headquarters in Beijing.

Founded in 1975 in Roterdam, OMA is today an international atelier with offices in New York, Hong Kong, Doha and Dubai. Ellen van Loon is part of a group of nine partners, among them OMA's founder, Rem Koolhaas.

In parallel to the studio's activity there is AMO, its research branch that works in the areas surrounding architecture, and developed projects such as the book Project Japan (Taschen, 2010), or the educational programme of Strelka Institute in Moscow. Together with Harvard University they curated the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale in 2014.

Ellen van Loon's conference will be followed by a talk with architect Pedro Baía.

17 February, 7pm, Main auditorium of CCB
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Ellen van Loon is an architect at the forefront of her field. In 1998, van Loon has joined in 1998 OMA, which encompassed some of the most iconic modern buildings in the world, including the award-winning Casa da Música in Portugal (RIBA Prize 2007).
Several of her projects combine sophisticated design with precise execution such as the Rothschild Bank headquarters and Maggie's Centre near Glasgow and the Dutch Embassy in Berlin, (winner of the Mies van der Rohe award in 2005).
Her specific expertise is grounded in the balance of business acumen and an in-depth understanding of all technical and operational aspects.


Pedro Baía (Coimbra, 1980)
Editorial coordinator of Circo de Ideias, where he was the editor of the following books: «Koolhaas Tangram» (Circo, 2014) and «Berlin: Critical Reconstruction» (Circo, 2008). He is visiting professor at the University of Minho
Architectural School since 2014. Between 2008 and 2015 he was the architecture
editor of Artecapital. Between 2013 and 2015 he was one of the editorial members of Jornal Arquitectos. He obtained his PhD in Architecture in 2014 with the thesis
«From Broadcast to Reception: Reflections of Team 10 in the Portuguese Architectural Culture 1951-1981».