David Gianotten

David Gianotten is the Managing Partner – Architect of OMA. He oversees the overall organizational and financial management, business strategy, and growth of OMA in all markets, in addition to his own architectural portfolio.

As partner-in-charge, David currently leads the design and construction of projects in different regions, including the Taipei Performing Arts Centre; the masterplan of Rotterdam’s Feyenoord City and the design of the new 63,000 seat Feyenoord Stadium; Amsterdam’s Bajes Kwartier—conversion of a large 1960s prison complex into a new neighborhood with 1,350 apartments; and VDMA—transformation of an unused site with industrial heritage in Eindhoven into a mixed-use urban hub.

David has led the design and realization of the Potato Head Studios—a resort in Bali (Completed 2020), WA Museum Boola Bardip in Perth (Completed 2020), Prince Plaza in Shenzhen (Completed 2020), White Cube LIRCAEI in Lusanga (Completed 2018), MPavilion 2017 in Melbourne, and the Shenzhen Stock Exchange headquarters (Completed 2013). He was responsible for the end stages of the CCTV headquarters in Beijing (Completed 2012). Projects led by David have been published worldwide and have received awards, including the Grand Prize in the Yuanye Awards for International Architectural Projects in 2021, the 2017 Melbourne Design Awards and the CTBUH Awards in 2013. David lectures around the world about his projects, and on topics including the future of the architectural profession, the role of context in projects, and speed and risk in architecture.

David joined OMA in 2008, launched OMA’s Hong Kong office in 2009, and became partner in 2010. He led OMA’s portfolio in the Asia-Pacific region for seven years. In 2015, he returned to the Netherlands to oversee OMA globally as Managing Partner – Architect. Before joining OMA, he was Principal Architect at SeARCH in the Netherlands.

David is Chair of Transformational Architecture at the Eindhoven University of Technology. Since 2016, he has been a professor at the Architectural Urban Design and Engineering department of the school, where he is a graduate in Architecture and Architectural Engineering. David also serves on the board of the Netherlands Asia Honors Summer School.