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 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 joined REX as director in 2014, augmenting the firm with more than 25 years of experience designing and executing innovative architecture and urbanism projects.
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 joined the leadership of REX in 2014.
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, in upstate New York; the redesign of Constitution Gardens, including a new pavilion, as a destination on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.; the rehabilitation of the Los Angeles River into a green and cultural asset; an economic and physical master plan for public/private reinvestment into the Pruitt Igoe site in St. Louis, Missouri; a proposal to increase security measures for The Ellipse in Washington D.C; the new headquarters for international advertising superstar Droga5 in New York City; and the West Kowloon Arts Pavilion, a temporary museum of contemporary art for Hong Kong in a forgotten park. Before joining the firm, Isabelle also provided consulting support to REX for the Mercedes-Benz Future Lab and Campus Extension, in Stuttgart, Germany—a competition the firm won— and the Calgary Central Library.
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.