Design & Construction Team

JOSHUA PRINCE-RAMUS, Design Architect - REX   

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.

ANDY HAYLES, Theater Design Consultant - CHARCOALBLUE   

Andy has eighteen years’ experience in theatre consultancy, includ ing two years as a director of Theatre Projects Consultants. He was co-founder of Charcoalblue in 2004. He also has six years’ experience as a theatre practitioner, including three years as Chief Electrician/Lighting Designer at the Theatre Royal, Richmond. Andy’s main areas of work currently include strategic planning, consultancy in all aspects of venue design. 

Some of Andy’s past and current projects include the Royal Shakespeare Theatre Redevelopment and Courtyard Theatre, RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon; National Theatre Studio, London; Old Vic Theatre, Bristol; Everyman and Playhouse, Liverpool; National Theatre Future Project, London; Camden Roundhouse, London; Royal Court Theatre, London; Royal Exchange Theatre, Manches- ter; Young Vic Theatre, London; St Ann’s Warehouse, NYC and Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago.

DAVID BELT, Construction Consultant/Owners Representative - DBI

David is an active real estate developer who has worked on a diverse range of projects that vary widely in size, scope, and location. David is also the founder and Managing Partner of DBI, a firm specializing in real estate development, construction consulting and project management. Currently, David and Macro Sea are working on a redevelopment in the Brooklyn Navy Yard called New Lab, which will bring interdisciplinary high-tech fabrication and collaboration to a former shipbuilding facility. He is also spearheading the new development and restoration team for the Hotel Chelsea. David has been a guest lecturer, panelist, and participant for institutions such as Columbia University, RPI, Penn Design, Community Design Collaborative, the Atlantic Conference, the Venice Biennale, and MoMA.