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 was the 2016 recipient of the Marcus Prize, bestowed upon architects "on a trajectory to greatness.” Joshua has also 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.
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 the Perelman Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center (The Perelman Center) and the Wakefield School Performing Arts Center. He has contributed to the Necklace Residence as well as the 99 Hudson tower.
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 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 FIORE
Alysen Hiller Fiore is a Director at REX and currently a project leader on the Perelman Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center (The Perelman Center). She has previously performed as such also on the Necklace Residence, Five Manhattan West office building, the McDonald’s Future Restaurant Platform, and the Wakefield School Performing Arts Center.
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 the House of Culture & Movement in Fredricksberg, Denmark, and TEK, a 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 home in the United States. Adam is a staff representative on REX’s Leadership Team. Currently, he is a project leader on the Perelman Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center (The Perelman Center).
Adam graduated from Ohio State University with a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, with honors.