Partner and Director, OMA New York
Shohei Shigematsu is a partner at OMA and the director of the New York office. He has been a driving force behind many of OMA’s projects, leading its diverse portfolio in the Americas for the past decade. With an emphasis on maximum specificity and process-oriented design, Shigematsu provides design leadership and direction across the firm for projects from their conceptual onset to completed construction. His designs for cultural venues include a new museum for the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec; the Faena Forum, a multi-purpose venue in Miami Beach; and an extension to the Albright Knox Gallery in Buffalo, New York. He has collaborated with multiple artists, including Cai Guo Qiang, Marina Abramović, Kanye West, and Taryn Simon, and designed exhibitions for Prada, the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Park Avenue Armory.
Shigematsu is currently designing OMA’s first tower in Tokyo, and a new business center in Fukuoka, Japan. Three of his designs for residential towers in New York, San Francisco, and Miami are currently under construction. His urban and public space designs include a new civic center in Bogota, Colombia; a post-Hurricane Sandy urban water strategy for New Jersey; a mixed-use development in Los Angeles; and the East Harbour masterplan in Toronto, the largest commercial real estate project in Canada.
A design critic at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Shigematsu has lectured at TED and Wired Japan conferences, and at universities throughout the world.
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