Associate Professor Adjunct
Joshua Ramus is founding principal of REX, an internationally acclaimed architecture and design firm based in New York City. Believing architecture should do things for its users and communities—not simply be a representational art—REX challenges and advances building paradigms and promotes the agency of architecture.
REX is currently working on The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center in New York (under construction); the Brown University Performing Arts Center in Providence (under construction); the Mercedes-Benz Future Lab & Museum in Stuttgart; Elizabeth Quay, a 55-story mixed-use tower in Perth; 205 North Quay, a 40-story office building in Brisbane; the Necklace Residence on Long Island (under construction); and a virtual museum and performing arts space for Metapurse in Decentraland, which will “house” Beeple’s infamous NFT The first 5000 Days.
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. Joshua led the latter 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. REX recently completed 2050 M Street, a premium office building in Washington, DC that hosts CBS’s Washington Bureau; and the transformation of Five Manhattan West, the largest adaptive reuse project in Manhattan’s history.
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, a CTBUH Award of Excellence, and Time magazine’s Building of the Year. REX has twice been named one of the World’s Top 10 Innovative Companies in Architecture by Fast Company.
In 2016, Joshua was the first American recipient of the Marcus Prize, the $100,000 biennial, international architecture award conferred by the Marcus Corporation Foundation and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has also been credited as one of: the “5 greatest architects under 50” by The Huffington Post; the world’s most influential young architects by Wallpaper*; the twenty most influential players in design by Fast Company; “The 20 Essential Young Architects” by ICON magazine; and the “Best and Brightest” by Esquire. In 2020, Joshua was honored by the experimental performance company STREB with their Action Maverick Award.
Joshua has been Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor at Yale University, 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 Advisory Board, Joshua shared REX’s design methodologies at the TED2006 and TEDxSMU conferences. 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.
Joshua's CV is available here.