This project is the research, which took almost 2 years to be completed, on how Rem Koolhaas
work on his designs, his architectural approaches, and his architectural practice.
What is so special about him that makes him one of the world greatest architects.
What is so special about his practice in OMA*AMO.
And what are the influences of his work and
his thinking process on the company he worked with
both in the past and the present.
The Thai Completed (A4) 264 pages book.
Before, architecture was designed and created by architect’s individual approach.
It is the common practice to solve design problems. The variety of design can be depended on social,
economics, and belief.
The approach is usually passed from masters to their students which particular context helps
However, for most architects, “intuitive and aesthetic senses are still remain in their heart and soul.
The establishment of design firm who is a former architect in Rem Koolhass’s house has
become larger across Europe to America
and some parts in Asia.
The thinking approach is followed research-based practice which is the most prominent approach today.
The objectives of this research are: 1.to analyze Rem Koolhaas’s architectural approach
and his way of teaching; 2. to analyze Rem Koolhaas’ system of passing on knowledge through his office;
3. to study the influence of Rem Koolhaas on OMA School architects.
Interviews of Rem Koolhaas’s friends, professor, and OMA School Architects both independent
and dependent around the world were conducted for 5 months.
The result from overall interviews begin with finding solution, based on the original research question,
and use “indexing” as methodology which lead to important “keywords” and information verification,
then use “data triangulation” method for cross-checking the solution.
The procedures of clarifying the objectives are separated into research issues and using
qualitative research methodology by gathering data from interview and
other secondary sources.
The result of this study has shown that Koolhaas’s approach can be divided into 2 steps:
conceptual thinking and physical design thinking.
His distinguishable approach neglected all architectural conventions and did not specify the result
of his approach only on the building,
but integrated social, economic, political issued with architectural thoughts to find out the new way
by denying intuitive thinking in all processes but use research as a thinking tool,
which corresponds with his various roles as designer, writer, educator, and lecturer.
The overlapped roles result in new forms of architectural production such as joint research
with academic institutions,
new genres of architectural publication, consistent supplies of skilled employees for OMA*AMO
and the discourse of architectural itself.
Through his many outlets, Koolhaas not only demonstrates his approach to architecture,
but also spreads his influence for into the academic, professional, and theoretical realms.