The Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) New York practice is led by Shohei Shigematsu, who joined OMA in 1998 and became a partner in 2008. Shigematsu oversees all of OMA’s projects in North America, including the development at Park Grove. Under his leadership, OMA has completed Milstein Hall at Cornell University, the National Beaux Arts Museum in Quebec City, and the Faena Arts Center in Miami Beach. Shigematsu has also led numerous high-profile collaborations that blur the line between architecture and art: He created a seven-screen pavilion in Cannes with Kanye West, oversaw a studio renovation for artist Cai Guo Qiang, and designed the Marina Abramovic Institute for the Preservation of Performance Art.
The formal daring and urban sensitivity that Shigematsu has brought to OMA are on full display at Park Grove, and the story behind its design shows how the new residential development is also a key turning point in the history of one of the world’s most important architecture firms, as the project is OMA’s first residential high rise in North America.