Ole Scheeren to speak as part of NewNowNext


The Irish Architecture Foundation is welcoming Ole Scheeren to deliver the third talk in its NEWNOWNEXT Agents for Change 2015 series. A totemic figure in the world of architecture, Scheeren is best known for his work on China Central Television headquarters in Beijing, and has become a global success with his innovative work. Sponsored by ARUP, this free event will take place in the Royal College of Physicians, Kildare Street, on Thursday the 1st of October, and will allow for a discussion on innovative research, design and the transformation of the built environment.

Educated at the universities of Karlsruhe and Lausanne, Ole Scheeren graduated from the Architectural Association in London and was awarded the RIBA Silver Medal. Scheeren is now the principal of Büro Ole Scheeren with offices in Hong Kong and Beijing. Known as the ‘Skyscraper man,’ Ole Scheeren is currently working on the Guardian Art Centre, the new exhibition space and headquarters for China’s oldest art auction house currently under construction in close proximity to the Forbidden City in Beijing. Prior to launching Büro Ole Scheeren in 2010, Scheeren was Director and Partner along with Rem Koolhaas at OMA, and responsible for the office’s work across Asia. Other projects include The Interlace, a residential complex in Singapore, and the Taipea Performing Arts Centre in Taiwan. Scheeren also directed OMA’s work for Prada and completed the Prada Epicenters in New York and Los Angeles.

Rory McGowan, Director, Arup said: “Shaping a sustainable future – particularly through the urban environment – will be one of the greatest challenges in the 21st century both globally and locally. Arup is rising to the challenge: investing in research, innovating and creating better solutions for its clients and the wider world. We’re delighted to sponsor the NEWNOWNEXT series again this year, which is bringing a host of world leading speakers to audiences in Ireland and the UK to explore new ideas and innovation in architecture.”

Tickets for Ole Scheeren’s NEWNOWNEXT talk are free of charge and can be reserved here