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Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA)
Company: Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA)
Location: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Fields of operation: Art, Design, Culture
Laura Baird completed a BA in Public Policy Studies from Duke University, and a Masters Degree in Architecture from Rice University in Houston, Texas. Since joining OMA in 2007, Laura has worked on a number of different projects in Europe, Russia, the Middle East, China, and the United States. Due to her background in Public Policy and relevant experience in sustainable building design and energy efficient practice, Laura has led AMO’s growing involvement in the fields of energy policy and renewable energy planning since 2009. Laura was involved in Zeekracht a Masterplan of offshore windfarms for the North Sea, she was responsible for delivering Roadmap 2050, proposing a decarbonized power grid for Europe by 2050, and led the production of “The Energy Report”: a project with the WWF proposing renewable energy and sustainable strategies on a global scale. Recently, Laura has focused on large urban planning and efforts and sustainable cities, leading OMA’s proposals for the Masterplan and buildings of the Skolkovo Center for Innovation outside Moscow. In 2012, she was responsible for the delivery of the Draft Concept for the Moscow Agglomeration: an urban plan for Greater Moscow’s expansion to 2.4 times its size. Earlier this year, she co-led an effort proposing the rejuvenation of Zhongshan Road, at the core of the city of Ningbo, China (population 7.5m). In parallel, Laura remains involved in much of the work of OMA’s think-tank, AMO. In August of 2012, Laura was the co-curator of “Public Works: Architecture by Civil Servants”, OMA’s contribution to the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale, which later travelled to Berlin. Since 2010, she has also been involved in The Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, and continues to teach as part of its Post-graduate educational program. Prior to joining OMA, Laura worked in the Landscape Studio at Inside Outside in Amsterdam, and prior to that, for Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) in New York City. Since 2002, Laura has lectured in both academic and professional settings in The United States, Europe, Russia and China.