Iyad Alsaka and David Gianotten have been announced as new partners at OMA, supporting the firm’s growing number of architecture and research projects in North Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
Alsaka, as Director-Architect at OMA’s headquarters in Rotterdam, is in charge of projects in the Middle East and North Africa. He is currently working on masterplans in Libya, three buildings soon to go under construction in Education City, Doha, and projects in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria and Morocco. Alsaka brings vast experience of the Middle East to the partnership, having joined OMA in 2007 from Dubai Holding, where he was director of design and development and responsible for dozens of project since 2001.
Gianotten is General Manager-Architect of OMA Asia, having launched OMA’s office in Hong Kong in 2009. He is project director for OMA’s participation in the West Kowloon Cultural District project, a major development featuring museums, theatres, cultural production facilities and Hong Kong’s biggest park. He leads OMA’s projects in Asia, including the Taipei Performing Arts Centre, Chu Hai College in Hong Kong, the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, now nearing completion, and the Edouard Malingue gallery in Hong Kong, completed in June last year.
As OMA partners, both Alsaka and Gianotten will continue their current areas of responsibility. Victor van der Chijs commented: “OMA is very happy to be adding the experience and insight of Alsaka and Gianotten to the partnership, giving us new energy and strength as we continue to grow and develop projects in North Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.” Alsaka and Gianotten join current OMA partners Rem Koolhaas, Ellen van Loon, Reinier de Graaf, Shohei Shigematsu and managing partner Victor van der Chijs.