1. When he was young he collaborated with the director Jan de Bont, whose credits would later include Speed and Twister.
2. Koolhaas dates his desire to become an architect to a speech he delivered to a group of architects at the University of Delft when he was 24.
7. He once pre-empted an architectural competition with Herzog & de Meuron by suggesting that they join forces. The firms teamed up to propose a design for an Ian Schrager hotel in New York.
8. As a boy, he lived in Jakarta, Indonesia.
9. He guest-edited an issue of Wired Magazine in 2003. In it, he follows up Delirious New York with an article titled "Delirious No More."
10. When he accepted a position to teach at Harvard at 1995, he did so on the condition that he would not teach a design course.
11. He says he's irresponsible, and he thinks it's an asset. (Smithsonian Magazine)
“I’ve absolutely never thought about money or economic issues...but as an architect I think this is a strength. It allows me to be irresponsible and to invest in my work.” - Rem Koolhaas
12. AMO, OMA's in-house think tank, was formed following Universal Studios' commissioning of OMA to design its headquarters.
13. Frank Gehry called him "one of the great thinkers of our time" in a 2000 article in The New York Times Magazine.