Executive Direction

  • Wolf D. Prix
    Design Principal / CEO

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    Design principal / CEO

    Wolf D. Prix

    Wolf D. Prix, born in Vienna in 1942, is a cofounder of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU. He studied architecture at the Vienna University of Technology, the Architectural Association of London, and the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles.

    In 1993, Wolf D. Prix was named Professor for Architecture at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria. Since 2003, he has been head of the Institute for Architecture, the head of Studio Prix, and serves as vice-rector of the university.

    He taught as a visiting professor at the Architectural Association in London in 1984, and at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1990. From 1985 to 1995, Wolf D. Prix was active as Adjunct Professor at the SCI-Arc in Los Angeles. Since 1998, he has been a faculty member of Columbia University in New York. In 1999, Wolf D. Prix was awarded the Harvey S. Perloff Professorship at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). In 2001, he was made an adjunct professor at UCLA. Since 2001 he has been a Doctor Honoris Causa de la Universidad de Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    From 1995 to 1997, Wolf D. Prix was a member of the architectural committee in the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research, and the Arts.
    He is a member of the Austrian Art Senate, of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, as well as of the Advisory Committee for Building Culture. Furthermore, Wolf D. Prix is a member of the Architectural Association Austria, Union of German Architects (BDA) in Germany, the Architectural Union Santa Clara in Cuba, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Architectural Association Italy. In 2006, he was the commissioner for the Austrian contribution for the 10th International Exhibition of the Venice Biennale.

    Wolf D. Prix received numerous awards including the Award of the City of Vienna for Architecture in 1988, the Award to the German Architecture Prize in 1999, the Great Austrian State Award in 1999, between 1989 and 1991 three times the New Yorker Progressive Architecture Award, in 2002 the French Award Officier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres as well as the Gold Medal for merits to the federal state of Vienna. In 2004, he received the Annie Spink Award for Excellence in Architectural Education for his commitment to teaching and training. In 2008, Wolf D. Prix was awarded with the Jencks Award: Visions Built prize for his major contribution to the theory and practice of architecture. In May 2009 Federal President Dr. Heinz Fischer bestowed the Austrian Decoration of Honor for Science and Art on Wolf D. Prix for his outstanding creative achievements. In 2011 he was honoured with the Honorary Citizenship of the City of Busan, Southkorea.

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  • Karolin Schmidbaur
    Design Partner

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    Design Partner

    Karolin Schmidbaur

    Born in 1967 in Würzburg, Germany, Karolin Schmidbaur was raised and educated in Munich. She studied Architecture at the Technical University of Munich and received her Diploma in 1992. Since 1992 she has been practicing Architecture internationally with COOP HIMMELB(L)AU in their offices in Vienna, Austria, Guadalajara, México and Los Angeles, California. From 1993 until 2017 she has been based in Los Angeles, California. She is a Licensed Architect in Germany since 1995 and in Austria since 2018. In 1996 she was made a Partner of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU. Currently Karolin Schmidbaur is Design Partner and Head of Research of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU Vienna and Director of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU’s Los Angeles, California office.

    Completed projects at COOP HIMMELB(L)AU under her lead include the Groningen Museum East Pavilion, the Netherlands, completed in 1994, the Central Los Angeles Area High School #9 for visual and performing arts in downtown Los Angeles, California, completed in 2008, and the Paneum near Linz, Austria, completed in 2017.

    Since 2017 Karolin Schmidbaur is Professor at the Institute of experimental Architecture, Building Construction and Technology, at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. Previously, she has taught design studio at the University of Southern California (1997-1998), the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc, 1998-1999, 2014) and the University of Applied Arts in Vienna (2010-2012).

    Since 2009 Karolin Schmidbaur is co-responsible for the entire design portfolio at COOP HIMMELB(L)AU.

  • Harald Krieger

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    Harald Krieger

    Harald Krieger, born 1956 in Graz, studied law and business administration at the Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz from where he received his graduate degree in Laws in 1987. From 1987 to 2000 he worked in the Austrian Inland Revenue Office and as tax and company auditor for major companies in Styria. In 2000 he moved into the private sector as managing partner of a tax consulting, auditing, and business consulting firm.
    In 2003, Harald Krieger was designated as partner of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU Wolf D. Prix & Partner ZT GmbH. He is authorized signatory of the architectural office and managing director of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU Europe GmbH, Frankfurt am Main, Germany since 2006.

  • Markus Prossnigg
    Managing Partner

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    Managing Partner

    Markus Prossnigg

    Born 1970 in Graz, Austria, Markus Prossnigg was educated at the Technical University of Graz from where he received a Dipl.-Ing. degree in Architecture in 1997. He also studied at the Ecole d’architecture de Montpellier in France in 1992/93.
    From 1997 to 2002 Mr. Prossnigg worked at the office of Arsène Henry et Triaud in Bordeaux/France where he was the Project Architect for several housing and industrial projects.

    In 2002 Markus Prossnigg joined COOP HIMMELB(L)AU in Vienna.  During the past years he has been active mainly on projects and competitions based in France and China. As a Project Partner he was responsible for the Musée des Confluences in Lyon, France, which opened in 2014. He is currently directing the construction of the Chinese projects Museum for Contemporary Art and Planning Exhibition in Shenzhen and Dawang Mountain Resort in Changsha.

    In 2015 Markus Prossnigg became Managing Partner of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU Vienna. In this role he is responsible for the overall management, supervision and delivery of key projects.