Many followers consider Rem Koolhaas to be the coolest, hippest, and most cutting-edge architect on the planet. But, like all things cutting-edge, Koolhaas is difficult to classify. Since the late 1970s, the Dutch designer has earned acclaim as an author, a theorist, an urban planner, a cultural researcher and a professor at Harvard. He has amassed an array of projects ranging in size from small, The Bordeaux House (1998), to large, the CCTV Headquarters in Beijing, China (begun 2004), to extra large, the Euralille complex, located in Lille, France (1994).

Snøhetta is an international architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design office based in Oslo, Norway and New York City. Snøhetta has two principals, Craig Dykers and Kjetil Trædal Thorsen. In addition, there are four partners, architect Robert Greenwood, architect Ole Gustavsen, architect Tarald Lundevall and landscape architect Jenny Osuldsen. Ole Gustavsen fulfils the role of Managing Director for the company. In 2006, Snøhetta had approximately 80 designers working on projects in Europe, Asia and America.

Ben Van Berkel (born 1957) is a Dutch architect. He studied architecture at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and at the Architectural Association in London, receiving the AA Diploma with Honours in 1987.
In 1998, Van Berkel and Bos re-launched their practice as UNStudio, the UN standing for ‘United Net’. UNStudio presents itself as a network of specialists in architecture, urban development and infrastructure. With UNStudio, Van Berkel has built several projects. He is an articulate, careful speaker and, in his practice, a rigorous, almost mathematical designer.


Founded in 1992, Foreign Office Architects (FOA) is an international architecture practice led by Farshid Moussavi and Alejandro Zaera-Polo. The firm is based in London and provides masterplanning, architecture and interior design services for the public and private sectors. FOA's name refers to the fact that its principals, Alejandro Zaera Polo, 38, and Farshid Moussavi, 37, are Spanish and Iranian, and its office has projects in Japan, the United States, the Netherlands and Spain.

Bernard Tschumi (born January 25, 1944, Lausanne, Switzerland) is an architect, writer and educator, commonly associated with deconstructivism. Born of French and Swiss parentage, he works and lives in New York and Paris. He studied in Paris and at ETH in Zurich, where he received his degree in architecture in 1969. From 1977 to 1981, after his move from London to New York, Tschumi produced the ‘Manhattan Transcripts,’ designs and collages in which he tackles new forms of ‘architectonic notations’ including such ideas as ‘form follows fiction’.

Massimiliano Fuksas is an Italian architect, born in Rome in 1944. He received his degree in Architecture from the La Sapienza University in Rome, 1969, where he opened his first office with his wife. From 1994 to 1997 he was a member of the urban commissions of Berlin and Salzburg. For many years he has dedicated special attention to the study of urban problems, particularly the suburbs. Through his architecture one can see that the studio expresses devotion to the study of urban problems in large metropolitan areas.

Herzog & de Meuron Architekten, BSA/SIA/ETH (HdeM) is a Swiss architecture firm, founded and headquartered in Basel, Switzerland in 1978. The careers of founders and senior partners Jacques Herzog (born 19 April 1950), and Pierre de Meuron (born 8 May 1950), closely parallel one another, with both attending the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. They are perhaps best known for their conversion of the giant Bankside Power Station in London to the new home of the Tate Modern.

Will Alsop is one of UK’s most prominent architects. His practice is an international operation guided by the principle that architecture is both vehicle and symbol of social change and renewal. This philosophy extends from the design of individual buildings to embracing broader principles of urbanism and city development. By abandoning the hegemony of an acceptable style, he has rendered the whole process of architecture one of increasing fluidity and transparency; as such he continues to uncover new and refreshing positions for architecture.


An international figure in architectural practice and urban design, Daniel Libeskind is well known for introducing a new critical discourse on architecture and for his multidisciplinary approach. His practice extends from building major cultural and commercial institutions—including museums and concert halls—to convention centers, universities, housing, hotels, shopping centers, and residential work. He also designs opera sets and maintains an object design studio.

Moshe Safdie (b 1938) grew up in Israel, moved to Canada with his family at 15, studied architecture at the McGill University and later opened an office in Montreal. Safdie attracted early acclaim as the designer of Montreal's revolutionary ‘Habitat’ for Expo 67, a housing system based on prefabricated modules stacked around prefabricated or site-built utility cores. The firm provides a full range of urban planning and architectural services, as well as interior design.