Shohei Shigematsu: OMA Recent Work
Shohei Shigematsu became director of OMA/AMO New York in 2006, and a partner in 2008. Under the direction of Shigematsu, the New York City office has overseen the successful completion of AAP's Milstein Hall (2011) and the current construction of the Musée national des beaux-arts du, Québec. Shigematsu is also leading the design of the Marina Abramovic Institute for the Preservation of Performance Art in upstate New York as well as the design of a cultural center in Miami.
During his time at OMA, Shigematsu has acted as lead architect for many projects in various phases including the Whitney Museum Extension (2001) and a luxury residential tower at 23 E. 22nd Street (2008) in New York City. He also led a number of competition designs for major institutions including the Broad Art Foundation in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Having led the team that won the design competition in 2002, he served as project architect for the CCTV Headquarters in Beijing until the end of design development. Shigematsu directed OMA's winning competition entry for the Shenzhen Stock Exchange Headquarters in Shenzhen, China (2006).
Shigematsu designed the world-traveling exhibition Waist Down, featuring more than a hundred skirts designed by Miuccia Prada. The exhibition was first launched in Tokyo (2003), and has since appeared in Shanghai (2004), New York City and Los Angeles (2005), and Seoul (2009). He also led the design for Prada's London and Shanghai epicenters.
Shigematsu graduated in 1995 from the Department of Architecture at Kyushu University, Fukuoka. After studying at the Berlage Institute Amsterdam (Postgraduate Laboratory), he joined the OMA in 1998. Shigematsu speaks regularly on the research and ideas that shape his work. Recent lectures have been held at TED conferences in Edinburgh and New York City as well as universities throughout the Americas and Japan. He has been a visiting faculty member at AAP; Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation; Harvard University Graduate School of Design; and for Kyoto University of Art and Design.