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Reinier de Graaf

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Reinier de Graaf is a Dutch architect, architectural theorist, urbanist and writer. He is the author of Four Walls and a Roof: The Complex Nature of a Simple Profession and architect. verb: The New Language of Building.

Reinier de Graaf is responsible for building and planning projects in Europe and the Middle East, including Al Daayan Health District in Doha, Norra Tornen in Stockholm (completed 2020), the nhow RAI Hotel in Amsterdam (completed 2020), Holland Green in London (completed 2016), Timmerhuis in Rotterdam (completed 2015), G-Star Headquarters in Amsterdam (completed 2014) and De Rotterdam (completed 2013).

In 2002, he co-founded AMO, the think tank of OMA, and produced The Image of Europe, an exhibition illustrating the history of the European Union. He has overseen AMO’s increasing involvement in sustainability and energy planning, including Zeekracht: A Strategy for Masterplanning the North Sea; the publication in 2010 of Roadmap 2050: A Practical Guide to a Prosperous, Low-Carbon Europe with the European Climate Foundation; and The Energy Report, a global plan for 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, with the WWF. De Graaf has worked extensively in Moscow, overseeing OMA’s proposal to design the masterplan for the Skolkovo Centre for Innovation, the ‘Russian Silicon Valley’, and leading a consortium which proposed a development concept for the Moscow Agglomeration, an urban plan for Greater Moscow.

He has curated the exhibitions On Hold at the British School in Rome (2011) and Public Works: Architecture by Civil Servants (Venice Biennale, 2012; Berlin, 2013).

He is the author of Four Walls and a Roof, The Complex Nature of a Simple Profession and the novel The Masterplan. His latest book is architect. verb: The New Language of Building (Verso 2023). He lives in Amsterdam.

Image credit: Adrienne Norman

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