REX is an internationally acclaimed architecture and design firm based in New York City. Believing architecture should do things, not simply represent them, REX challenges and advances building typologies, and promotes the agency of architecture. REX aspires to produce inventive designs so functionally specific that they offer distinct aesthetic experiences.
Unprejudiced by conventions, preconceived aesthetic strategies, or outcomes, the REX team returns to root problems and doggedly explores them with critical naiveté. Through this process, REX exposes solutions that transcend those which could have initially or individually been imagined.
REX’s current projects include the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center in New York City (under construction); the new performing arts center for Brown University in Providence (under construction); the Necklace Residence on Long Island (under construction); the Mercedes-Benz Future Lab & Museum in Stuttgart; Elizabeth Quay, a 55-story mixed-use tower in Perth; and 205 North Quay, a 40-story office building in Brisbane.
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 (the firm he later rebranded as REX). REX’s recently completed projects include 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 New York City’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, 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. REX has twice been named one of the World’s Top 10 Innovative Companies in Architecture by Fast Company.