MIAMI—After a long, bloody battle, South BeachACE won the rights to redevelop the Miami Beach ConventionCenter District—and design firm OMA is authoringthe new look. Pritzker Prize-winning architect RemKoolhaas and Shohei Shigematsu, his righthand man and the partner in charge of the convention center projectfor OMA, is the man behind the plans.

Shigematsu joined OMA in 1998 and became a partner in 2008. Hehas led the OMA office in New York since 2006 and is responsiblefor the firm's operations in North America. Under his direction,the New York office has overseen the completion of Milstein Hall atCornell University as well as the construction of the NationalBeaux Arts museum in Quebec.

Shigematsu has also led numerous direct collaborations withartists, including a pavilion in Cannes housing a seven screensystem designed in collaboration with Kanye West, the MarinaAbramovic Institute for the Preservation of Performance Art inupstate New York, and a studio renovation for artist Cai Guo Qiangin New York. GlobeSt.com caught up with Shigematsu to discuss theconvention center project.

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