Joshua Prince-Ramus is the founding principal and president of REX, where he leads the design of all projects. Joshua was the founding partner of OMA New York—the American affiliate of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture/Rem Koolhaas—until he rebranded that firm as REX in 2006. While REX was still known as OMA New York, Joshua was partner-in-charge of the Seattle Central Library and the Guggenheim-Hermitage Museum in Las Vegas, among many other cultural projects.
A former member of the TED Brain Trust, Joshua has shared REX’s design methodologies at the TED2006 and TEDxSMU conferences. He is the most recent recipient of the Marcus Prize, bestowed upon architects "with a commitment to design excellence, innovation, and a willingness to meet new challenges." Joshua has been credited as one of the “5 greatest architects under 50” by The Huffington Post, one of the world’s most influential young architects by Wallpaper*, and one of the twenty most influential players in design by Fast Company; he was also listed among “The 20 Essential Young Architects” by ICON magazine and featured as one of the “Best and Brightest” by Esquire magazine.
Joshua is a frequent contributor to architectural academia, convinced that—if architecture is to evolve—professionals have a responsibility to improve the profession from within. He has been Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor at Yale University and Cullinan Visiting Professor at Rice University, and has been a visiting professor at Columbia University, Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Syracuse University. He lectures frequently in universities and symposiums around the world.
Joshua holds a Master of Architecture from Harvard University, where he earned the inaugural Araldo Cossutta Fellowship and the SOM Fellowship, and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy with distinction in the major, magna cum laude, from Yale University. He is a registered architect in the U.S. and the Netherlands, and is NCARB certified.
Michael Volk is a director at REX augmenting the firm with more than 25 years of experience designing and executing innovative architecture and urbanism projects. He is working on the Necklace residence, M Street office Building and a performing arts center in a major American city. Michael is a member of the firm's Leadership Team.
Prior to REX, Michael was a partner in the office of Coop Himmelb(l)au in Vienna, Austria, and Los Angeles, California, with which he was associated for more than twenty years. As Partner-in-Charge, he led multiple, large-scale cultural projects, including the 20,300 m2 (218,000 sf) House of Music in Aalborg, Denmark; the 58,000 m2 (624,000 sf) Busan Cinema Center in Busan, South Korea; and the 6,000 m2 (65,000 sf) Akron Art Museum in Ohio.
The projects Michael has directed have won international accolades and awards, including the 2005 American Architecture Award from The Chicago Athenaeum for the Akron Art Museum, and, for the Busan Cinema Center, the Guinness Book World Record for the Longest Cantilevered Roof and the Busan Architecture Awards 2007 Grand Prize, among many others. Michael’s career began as a designer and project architect with other significant international firms, including Morphosis, Richard Meier and Partners, and Roto Architects, all in Los Angeles.
Michael has been a member of the design faculty at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and the University of Southern California (USC), and a critic at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria. He has been an invited speaker at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urbanism, USC, SCI-Arc, and the Council of Tall Buildings in the Urban Habitat (CTBUH) World Conference in Seoul, Korea.
Michael is a registered architect and NCARB certified. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, California, and studied at the Fondation des Ecoles d’Art Americaines in Fontainebleau, France, where he earned the Prix Francois Meyer Levy.
Passionate about architecture and its impact on cities and culture, Isabelle is a business and marketing strategist with more than 25 years of experience in the design industry. She is a director at REX and sits on the Leadership Team.
Isabelle has built her career guiding design firms to higher levels of practice and business growth, by advancing internal cultural structures, human capacity, and design content. As a firm leader, she also contributes to new business acquisition and often participates in the conceptual design strategies of significant projects. Some of the most recent (prior to REX) include: the transformation of Syracuse University’s power plant into an energy campus; the redesign of the National Mall's Constitution Gardens, including a new pavilion, in Washington, D.C.; the rehabilitation of the Los Angeles River into a green asset; an economic and physical master plan for public/private reinvestment into the Pruitt Igoe site in St. Louis, Missouri; the redesign of The Ellipse in Washington D.C. to increase security measures; and the temporary museum of contemporary art, West Kowloon Arts Pavilion, in Hong Kong. Before joining the firm, Isabelle consulted with REX on their Mercedes-Benz Future Lab and Campus Extension competition, in Stuttgart, Germany.
Isabelle has worked with national and international architecture, urban design, and landscape architecture firms, and, for over a decade, owned a strategy consulting firm advising design entities nationwide in development, branding, marketing, and mergers and acquisitions. She is a published writer and has spoken on design, coaching, and branding at American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) conferences nationwide. A French native, Isabelle graduated from Khâgne with a focus in philosophy and German, and earned a master’s equivalent from Ecole Francaise d’Attaches de Presse (EFAP/ISEF) in media relations, with an emphasis in political science.
Maur Dessauvage is a director at REX with more than 25 years of experience in projects ranging from museums and university facilities, to high-end residences, hotels, medical centers, and office buildings. At REX, Maur’s vast knowledge is being applied to the conceptualization and development of a performing arts center in a major American city, and the Necklace Residence.
Prior to joining REX, Maur worked with several renowned studios from around the world, including Herzog & de Meuron, Stephane Beel Architects (in his native Belgium), Ayers Saint Gross Architects, as well as Group Goetz Architects and his own firm, Dessauvage-Mohammadi Architects. A fully-rounded architect who excels in both design and construction, Maur has contributed to the development of Conrad’s City Center Hotel, the modernization of the Herbert C. Hoover Building, the National Aquarium, a residence hall for George Washington University, and the renovation of George Mason University’s Fine Arts Building, all in the Washington, D.C. metro area, as well as a courthouse in Ghent, Belgium, and the Commons Building for Clemson University in South Carolina. He has designed and built several museums and museum extensions in Belgium, including the Entrance Pavilion to the Rubens House in Antwerp.
Maur is LEED AP BD+C and LEED AP ID+C certified, and has also earned CCS and CCCA certifications from the Construction Specification Institute. He has taught at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Campus Sint-Lucas, in Brussels, Belgium, and holds a Master of Architecture from Universiteit Antwerpen, also in Belgium.
Alysen Hiller is a project leader and a staff representative on REX’s Leadership Team. She has performed as project leader for the Necklace Residence, a 3,550 m² (38,225 sf) home on Long Island, for the renovation and recladding of Five Manhattan West (formerly 450 West 33rd Street), and for the McDonald’s Future Restaurant Platform. She is currently project leader on a performing arts center in a major American city.
Before joining REX, Alysen worked for several other world-renowned architectural firms on a wide range of cultural, residential, and commercial projects, including a proposed development of 3,864 housing units while with Zago Architecture in Los Angeles. At BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) in Copenhagen, Denmark, she worked on a 6,000 m2 (64,600 sf) House of Culture & Movement in Fredricksberg, Denmark, and TEK, a 43,000 m2 (463,000 sf), mixed-use proposal which included retail, hotel, exhibition space, and theaters in Taiwan.
Alysen holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts in Art & Design with honors, both from the University of Iowa.
Adam Chizmar has worked as project leader for a wide range of cultural, residential, and commercial projects, including the winning entries for the Mercedes-Benz Future Lab and Campus Extension in Stuttgart, and the Kuala Lumpur International Financial District Signature Tower. He was also a team member on the renovation and recladding of Five Manhattan West (formerly 450 West 33rd Street), and the Necklace Residence, a 3,550 m² (38,225 sf) home in the United States. Adam is a staff representative on REX’s Leadership Team.
Adam graduated from Ohio State University with a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, with honors.