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Joshua Prince-Ramus      

Architect & Principal of REX Design Firm

Joshua Prince-Ramus is the founding principal of the internationally-acclaimed architecture firm REX, where he leads the design of all projects. REX—whose name signifies a re-appraisal (RE) of architecture (X)—consistently challenges and advances building typologies, and promotes the agency of architecture.

Joshua and REX’s current projects include the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center, a 90,000 sf (8,400 m2) performing arts center in New York City; a 60-story mixed-use tower in Perth, Australia, ; the Mercedes-Benz Future Lab in Stuttgart, Germany, a 110,000 sf (10,200 m2) public showcase for the brand’s impact on state-of-the-art mobility and a factory for creating, debating, and presenting the indeterminate future; 2050 M Street, an approximately 450,000 sf (41,800 m2) premium office building in Washington, DC that will host CBS’s Washington Bureau, among other tenants; a 41,000 sf (3,800 m2) private residence on Long Island for a patriarch and his four children’s future families; a multi-form performing arts house with up to 200 seats for a private school in Virginia that will also serve its surrounding county; and the re-cladding and interior renovation of Five Manhattan West, a 1.5 million sf (140,000 m2) Brutalist landmark straddling Penn Station’s rail yard in New York City. REX recently participated in a limited competition to design the new Museum of 20th Century Art in Berlin, between masterpieces by Mies van der Rohe and Hans Scharoun. Seminal projects include the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre in Dallas and the Vakko Fashion Center and Power Media Center in Istanbul, the Seattle Central Library and the Guggenheim-Hermitage Museum in Las Vegas; Joshua led the latter two while he was partner of OMA New York, the firm he rebranded as REX in 2006.

REX’s work has been recognized with the profession’s top accolades, including two AIA National Honor Awards, a U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology National Honor Award, an American Library Association National Building Award, two American Council of Engineering Companies’ National Gold Awards, and Time magazine’s Building of the Year, as well as numerous honors bestowed by Architect (Progressive Architecture Awards), Architectural Review (MIPIM Awards), ArchDaily, Architizer, Wallpaper*, amongst others. The firm has just been named one of the Top 10 Innovative Companies in Architecture by Fast Company.

Joshua is the most recent recipient of the Marcus Prize, bestowed upon architects “on a trajectory to greatness.” An early member of the TED Brain Trust, Joshua has shared REX’s design methodologies at the TED2006 and TEDxSMU conferences. He has been credited as one of the “5 greatest architects under 50” by The Huffington Post, one of the world’s most influential young architects by Wallpaper, one of the twenty most influential players in design by Fast Company, and among “The 20 Essential Young Architects” by ICON magazine. He was also featured as one of the “Best and Brightest” by Esquire magazine. Joshua is a frequent contributor to architectural academia, convinced that—if architecture is to evolve—professionals have a responsibility to improve the profession from within. He has been the Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor at Yale University and the Cullinan Visiting Professor at Rice University, and has taught at Columbia University, Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Syracuse University.

Joshua holds a Master of Architecture from Harvard University, where he earned the inaugural Araldo Cossutta Fellowship and the SOM Fellowship, and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy with distinction in the major, magna cum laude, from Yale University.


Architect Chosen for Performing Arts Center at World Trade Center ...
On Friday, the center is expected to announce that REX, a Brooklyn-based firm led by Joshua Prince-Ramus, will lead the project, with the firm Davis Brody Bond  ...

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