London-based ArtReview magazine recently ranked Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) faculty members Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, David Adjaye, and Rem Koolhaas in its 2006 annual “Power 100” list of the most influential people and organizations in the arts world.
Herzog and de Meuron, both Arthur Rotch Design Critics in Architecture at the GSD, were recognized by the journal for their practice, Herzog & de Meuron, which ArtReview dubbed “the most innovative architecture firm on the planet.” The journal also noted their “makeover of London’s Bankside Power Station into Tate Modern [that] had a spectacular impact on both the museum’s profile and their own image.”
Adjaye, visiting critic at the GSD next spring, was honored “as one of architecture’s most popular stars.” Renowned for his work on a series of innovative houses, as well as the Frieze Art Fair tent, last year Adjaye collaborated with Olafur Eliasson on a pavilion at the Venice Biennale for Francesca von Habsburg’s “T-B A21,” while this year he became the first living architect to have a show at London’s Whitechapel Art Gallery. Next year sees the opening of Adjaye’s first major building in the United States, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver.
Koolhaas, professor in practice of architecture and urban design at the GSD, was recognized for his book “S, M, L, XL,” a 1995 collaboration with graphic designer Bruce Mau. ArtReview notes that the book “remains one of the most important architectural publications of recent times. Mr. Koolhaas continues to push our understanding of contemporary culture with essays such as ‘Junk Space,'” the magazine reports, adding, “His analysis of contemporary museum culture was featured in last year’s Venice Biennale, while this year, having designed its summer pavilion, he co-curated a 24-hour lecture marathon at London’s Serpentine Gallery.”