Patrik Schumacher, Principal, Zaha Hadid Architects to present at Future Cities Forum, 6th March 201


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Patrik Schumacher is joining our Future Cities Forum on 6th March 2017. His biography is detailed below.

Patrik Schumacher (b. 1961, Bonn, Germany) is principal of Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) and has led the firm practice since Zaha Hadid’s passing. Patrik joined ZHA in 1988. He was the lead architect of ZHA’s first completed project - the Vitra Fire Station (completed 1993) - and together with Hadid, has co-authored almost all the firm’s built works to date. He is registered with the Architect’s Registration Board and a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Patrik studied architecture at the University of Stuttgart and at the Southbank University in London. He completed his architectural diploma and received his degree from Stuttgart University in 1990 and also studied philosophy at both Bonn and London Universities. In 1999 he received his doctoral degree Dr.Phil. from the Institute for Cultural Sciences at the University of Klagenfurt.

Since 1992, Patrik has been teaching at architectural schools in Britain, continental Europe and the USA. He co-taught a series of post-graduate studios with Zaha Hadid at the University of Illinois, Yale and Columbia, in addition to having been tenured Professor at the Institute for Experimental Architecture, Innsbruck University. In 1996 Patrik founded the Design Research Laboratory at the Architectural Association where he continues to teach as co-director. He is lecturing worldwide and recently held the John Portman Chair in Architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.

In 2008 Patrik coined the phrase Parametricism and his contribution to the discourse of contemporary architecture is evident in his published works. In 2010 and 2012 he published the two volumes ‘The Autopoiesis of Architecture’ and recently guest-edited Architecture Digest (AD) “Parametricism 2.0 – setting architecture’s agenda for the 21st Century” with a new emphasis on its societal relevance.

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