Shohei Shigematsu is a Partner at OMA and the Director of the New York office. He has been a driving force behind many of OMA’s projects, leading the firm’s diverse portfolio in the Americas for the past decade. With an emphasis on maximum specificity and process-oriented design, Sho provides design leadership and direction across the company for projects from their conceptual onset to completed construction. Sho’s designs for cultural venues include a new museum for the Musée national des beaux- arts du Québec; the Faena Forum, a multi-purpose venue in Miami Beach; an extension the Albright Knox Gallery in Buffalo, New York and an event space for the Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles.
Sho also designed exhibitions for Prada, the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Park Avenue Armory. He has collaborated with multiple artists – including Cai Guo Qiang, Marina Abramović, Kanye West and Taryn Simon – and is currently redesigning Sotheby’s New York headquarters. Sho has built a number of innovative workspaces including Milstein Hall – an extension to the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University (2011), the China Central Television Headquarters in Beijing (2012), the Shenzhen Stock Exchange Headquarters (2013). He is currently designing OMA’s first tower in Tokyo for Mori Building Co, Ltd. (2022) and a new business center in Fukuoka (2020). Three of his designs for residential towers in San Francisco, New York, and Miami are currently under construction. His urban and public space designs around the world include a mixed use development in Los Angeles, a new civic center in Bogota, Colombia; a post-Hurricane Sandy, urban water strategy for New Jersey; and the East Harbour masterplan, the largest transit-oriented development currently underway in North America.
Sho graduated in 1995 from the Department of Architecture at Kyushu University, Fukuoka. After studying at the Berlage Institute in Amsterdam, he joined OMA in 1998. His recent lectures include conferences hosted by TED, Wired Japan and universities throughout the world. He is a design critic at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where recently conducted a research studio entitled Alimentary Design, investigating the intersection of food, architecture and urbanism.