Ole Scheeren is a German born architect and principal of Buro Ole Scheeren with offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Bangkok, Berlin and New York. He is chief designer and leading the company’s creative vision and business.
His projects have won numerous awards, including World Building of the Year 2015 and the CTBUH Urban Habitat Award 2014 for The Interlace in Singapore, as well as the global CTBUH Best Tall Building Award 2013 for the CCTV Headquarters in Beijing.
Ole Scheeren’s current work includes the Guardian Art Center, a museum and cultural headquarters for China’s oldest art auction house near the Forbidden City in Beijing; DUO, a large-scale mixed-use urban development in Singapore; and MahaNakhon, at 314 meters Bangkok’s tallest tower housing the Ritz-Carlton Residences; all three to be completed in 2017. Further ongoing projects include 1500 West Georgia, a residential high-rise in downtown Vancouver; Angkasa Raya, a landmark tower in the center of Kuala Lumpur; a large-scale mixed-use urban development in Shenzhen; and the global roll-out of a chef-led fast food concept for legendary New York gourmet market Dean & DeLuca.
Prior to launching Buro Ole Scheeren in 2010, Ole Scheeren was Director and Partner at OMA / Rem Koolhaas 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 construction of the CCTV and TVCC Towers in Beijing. Other projects for OMA include the Taipei Performing Arts Center in Taiwan and the Prada flagship stores in New York and Los Angeles.
Through Studio Ole Scheeren, he is exploring his personal interest in installations and collaborations with artists, 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. He also developed Mirage City Cinema, a cinema-architecture space commissioned by the 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 also regularly serves on juries and lectures at various international institutions and conferences.
Educated at the universities of Karlsruhe and Lausanne, Ole Scheeren graduated from the Architectural Association in London and was awarded the RIBA Silver Medal.
Eric Chang is Partner at Buro Ole Scheeren and has been collaborating on the management and design of numerous projects with Ole Scheeren over the past 15 years. Eric 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 the Guardian Art Center in Beijing; MahaNakhon in Bangkok; the large-scale urban development DUO in Singapore; Angkasa Raya in Kuala Lumpur; and 1500 West Georgia in Vancouver. Previous projects with Ole Scheeren at OMA include The Interlace, The Scotts Tower, the Beijing Books Building, as well as the Prada Epicenters in New York and Los Angeles.
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 was an Associate at OMA and General Manager of OMA’s Beijing office.
Dan Cheong is Partner at Buro Ole Scheeren and has collaborated with Ole Scheeren and Eric Chang on a long list of projects over the past decade. He has worked with Buro-OS since its inception in 2010, and became an Associate in 2011.
At Buro-OS, Dan has led the design teams of many of the firm’s past and ongoing projects, including competitions, realizations and conceptual studies.
Prior to joining Buro-OS, Dan worked as an architect at OMA in Beijing, and at Hanrahan Meyers Architects in New York City, with project experiences across a wide range of scales and programs with involvement in various design and construction stages.
Dan Cheong holds a Master of Architecture with Distinction from Harvard University.
Sampsa Karhunen is Chief Financial Officer at Buro-OS and brings extensive experience from his background in financial markets to oversee the business operations of the company.
He has held various positions in investment banking, latest as a senior equity research analyst in London. He joined Buro-OS to support its growth and expansion to new geographic areas.
Sampsa Karhunen holds an M. Sc. degree in Economics and Business Administration from the Helsinki School of Economics at Aalto University.
Claudia Hertrich is Senior Associate at Buro-OS and joined the office in 2011 as an Associate. She is in charge of overall project planning and is leading the project management of multiple key projects at Buro-OS, most notably the large-scale mixed-use development DUO, currently under construction in Singapore.
Claudia graduated with a diploma from the Technical University Munich and a master from Tokyo Institute of Technology. She has worked internationally with Heatherwick Studio in London and Hong Kong, BIG in Copenhagen and Astana, Takenaka in Tokyo, HCLA in London, and HPP in Munich.
Claudia Hertrich is a Registered Architect with the Bavarian Chamber of Architects, Germany, and is a Registered Member with the UK Architects’ Registration Board.
Dave Jaturon Kingminghae
Jaturon Kingminghae is Managing Director of Buro-OS Thailand and joined Buro-OS in 2012. He leads the Bangkok studio, currently focused on the design and construction of the MahaNakhon tower and Buro-OS expanding work in Thailand.
After graduating from Chulalongkorn Univeristy with awards from the Association of Siamese Architects, Dave worked at DBALP in Bangkok on high-rise residential and hotel projects, and at Atkins China on large-scale urban design and mixed-use developments.
Dave is a regular visiting critic for the International Program in Design and Architecture at Chulalongkorn University and a registered architect in Thailand (ACT, ASA) since 2005.
Kevin Ou has been working with Ole Scheeren for more than 10 years as Personal Assistant and Public Relations Manager. He is working across multiple aspects of the office’s activities, including client relations, business development, and office administration.
Kevin is also a highly skilled translator and mediator between Western and Chinese culture. Prior to working for Ole Scheeren, he was a journalist for a leading Chinese magazine, Modern Weekly, writing and reporting on art and culture across China.