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 Amsterdam’s Bajes Kwartier—conversion of a large 1960s prison complex into a new neighborhood with 1,350 apartments; VDMA—transformation of an unused site with industrial heritage in Eindhoven into a mixed-use urban hub; Rotterdam’s Feyenoord City; Apollolaan 171—a high-end mixed use building in Amsterdam; and the new Koepel District—renovation of Breda's Panopticon and Judicial Compound into a mixed-use area.

David has led the design and realization of the Taipei Performing Arts Center (Completed 2022); 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). He has also co-curated the N*thing is Possible exhibition at the Singapore Design Centre in 2022. 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 has taught extensively at the Architectural Urban Design and Engineering department at the Eindhoven University of Technology, where he is a graduate. He also serves on the board of the Netherlands Asia Honors Summer School.