This is an NYT article about the decision of Rem Koolhaas's partner, Joshua Prince-Ramus, to leave the firm, OMA, to start his own practice--taking the entire 35-person NY office with him.
However sticky or smooth the situation actually is, it's one that a number of firms face, as younger professionals raised in the era of "starchitects" decide it's time to work under their own names. Can such partings be entirely amicable? Can a protege ever really leave with his mentor's blessing? How do a senior and junior architect manage the division of clients?
Bruce M. Tharp, PhD is a designer, professor, researcher, and entrepreneur, with degrees in mechanical engineering, industrial design, and anthropology. He and his wife, Stephanie Tharp run an award-winning, design studio, materious.
They have licensed a dozen new product ideas to companies, and currently manufacture several of their own. Materious also produces discursive products and concepts to engender reflection and debate on cultural topics. They are currently finishing a book project on the topic entitled, Discursive Design.
Bruce is a professor of design at the University of Michigan's Stamps School of Art & Design where he teaches a range of undergraduates as well as graduates in the new Master of Design program in Integrative Design.