DESIGN ARCHITECT

REX, Joshua Ramus

REX is an internationally acclaimed architecture and design firm based in New York City, whose name signifies a re-appraisal (RE) of architecture (X). Operating across many scales, REX consistently challenges and advances building typologies, and promotes the agency of architecture. We are a diverse think tank of 30 carefully selected professionals, each trained in design, management, and technical issues. All projects are led by Joshua Ramus, Founder and Principal, who builds a direct and barrier-free relationship with each of REX’s clients. Our size is strategic: we select our projects carefully and limit our workload to only that which the team—and Joshua, in particular—can be fully dedicated through the project’s entire duration. We are proud that half of our Leadership Team is comprised of women, with the same ratio maintained within our design staff.

Seminal projects include the AT&T Performing Arts Center Dee & Charles Wyly Theatre in Dallas; the Vakko Fashion Center & Power Media Headquarters in Istanbul; and the Seattle Central Library—all opened to critical acclaim. Joshua led the last project—hailed by Herbert Muschamp in “The New York Times” as “the most exciting new building it has been my honor to review in more than 30 years of writing about architecture”—while Founding Partner of OMA New York, the firm he rebranded as REX in 2006. Current projects include:

  • Ronald O. Perelman Center for the Performing Arts, NYC (construction commenced)

  • Brown University Performing Arts Center, Providence (site mobilization commenced)

  • Mercedes-Benz Future Lab & Museum, Stuttgart (Design Development completed)

  • PERTH+ 60-story mixed-used skyscraper, Western Australia (Design Development commenced)

  • 2050 M Street, office building hosting CBS’s Washington, DC Bureau (construction commenced)

  • Necklace Residence, Long Island (site mobilization commenced)

In the fall of 2017, REX completed the transformation of Five Manhattan West, the re-cladding and interior renovation of a 1.7M square feet of exemplar of late-Brutalism straddling Penn Station’s rail yard in New York City. 

REX’s work has been recognized with the profession’s top accolades, including two AIA National Honor Awards, a U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology National Honor Award, an American Library Association National Building Award, two American Council of Engineering Companies’ National Gold Awards, Time magazine’s Building of the Year, and numerous AIA New York, “ArchDaily,” “Architect”/Progressive Architecture, “Architect’s Newspaper,” “Architectural Review”/MIPIM, “Architizer,” and “Wallpaper”* design awards. In 2017, REX was named one of the World’s Top 10 Innovative Companies in Architecture by “Fast Company” for the second time.

Joshua was the 2016 recipient of the Marcus Prize, bestowed upon architects “on a trajectory to greatness.” He 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*, one of the twenty most influential players in design by “Fast Company,” listed among “The 20 Essential Young Architects” by “ICON” magazine, and featured as one of the “Best and Brightest” by “Esquire.”

Joshua has been the Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor at Yale University and the Cullinan Visiting Professor at Rice University, and a visiting professor at Columbia University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Syracuse University. An early member of the TED Brain Trust, Joshua shared REX’s design methodologies at the TED2006 and TEDxSMU conferences, and lectures frequently at universities, cultural institutions, and symposia 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, magna cum laude with distinction in the major, from Yale University.

CONSTRUCTION MANAGER

Sciame Construction, LLC., Frank J. Sciame Jr., Joseph G. Mizzi

Established in 1975, Sciame Construction is recognized throughout the Tri-State Area as the builder of choice for highly designed and technically sophisticated projects, bringing a 43-year history and a proven track record of completing a wide range of buildings and interior spaces on time, within budget and for demanding clients. The firm’s accessibility, responsiveness and attention to detail have earned Sciame the reputation of having integrity, passion for its work and a “can do” attitude. This attitude helps to foster a partnering approach that benefits all members of a project team — owner, owner’s representative, architect, engineers and other consultants. 

The firm’s unique collaborative approach and relentless attention to detail has won them awards, ecstatic reviews from the theatrical and architectural press and, most importantly, praise from performers, technicians and audiences.

EXECUTIVE ARCHITECT

Davis Brody Bond, Carl F. Krebs, David K. Williams

Davis Brody Bond is among the nation’s leading design firms, with a long history grounded in creating projects on sensitive and important sites. The firm’s early reputation was established with the pioneering design of large scale housing complexes in New York City. The practice has since been recognized for its innovative approach to a wide range of civic, academic and cultural projects and its contributions to the urban fabric of major cities. The firm’s work is characterized by transformative results that strive to elevate the public realm in a diverse range of settings and locales.

For over 65 years, Davis Brody Bond has provided Architecture, Interior Design, Historic Preservation, Programming, Master Planning, and Urban Design services for clients. The firm has been honored with more than 200 major design awards including the AIA Firm Award, the Louis Sullivan Award for Distinguished Architecture, the Arnold W. Brunner Award, and the Presidential Award for Design Excellence.

Significant recently completed commissions include the design of the National September 11 Memorial Museum, as well as the execution of the Memorial Plaza as associate architect.  Other important projects include: the National Museum of African American History and Culture for the Smithsonian Institution; the new US Embassy Compound in Jakarta, Indonesia and Phase One of Columbia University’s new Manhattanville Campus.

The firm is led by five partners supported by a team of more than 60 architects. The third generation of leadership includes Steven Davis, FAIA, William Paxson, AIA, Christopher Grabé, FAIA, Carl Krebs, FAIA, and David Williams, AIA.

THEATER DESIGN CONSULTANT

Charcoalblue, Andy Hayles, Gavin Green, Jon Stevens

Charcoalblue is the world’s leading, multi-national theater, acoustic and digital design consultancy. Since its foundation in 2004, the firm has grown to a team of over 70 with studios in London, Bristol, Glasgow, New York, Chicago and Melbourne.

 In partnership with clients, architects, and engineering teams they offer design services for a wide range of performance and presentation spaces: from historic theaters to contemporary offices, from concert halls to community centers, from permanent buildings to temporary structures, and in both physical and virtual environments.

 Charcoalblue’s mission is to transform the cultural landscape and their passion is for creating spaces for storytelling and music-making. Their extensive portfolio of clients ranges from world-famous companies, such as the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre to St. Ann’s Warehouse, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, the Sydney Theatre Company and Toronto's Massey Hall.