Wolf D. Prix

Design Principal / CEO

Wolf D. Prix

"We think of our architecture as part of the 21st century; as art which reflects and gives a mirror image of the variety and vivacity, tension and complexity of our cities."

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

Amongst others, Wolf D. Prix is a member of the Österreichische Bundeskammer der Architekten und Ingenieurkonsulenten, the Bund Deutscher Architekten, Germany (BDA), the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the Architectural Association Santa Clara, Cuba, as well as Fellow of the American Institute of Architecture (FAIA).

Wolf D. Prix received numerous awards including the Great Austrian State Award and the Austrian Decoration of Honor for Science and Art. He is permanent member of the Austrian Art Senate and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.

Two Universities have conferred him the Doctorate Honoris Causa: The Universidad de Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2001) and the "Ion Mincu" University of Architecture and Urbanism, Bucharest, Romania (2014).

Wolf D. Prix is counted among the originators of the deconstructivist architecture movement. COOP HIMMELB(L)AU had its international breakthrough with the invitation to the exhibition „Deconstructivist Architecture“ at MoMA New York in 1988. Over the years Wolf D. Prix/ COOP HIMMELB(L)AU was awarded with numerous international architecture awards.

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Lectures 1988-2015 .pdf

Selected Lectures

  • 2015

    "Highrise  - The European Central Bank", Kongress "Die Zukunft des Bauens", Messe München, Munich, Germany

  • 2014

    "The Himmelb(l)au Projects", China Lecture Week, Vanke Center Shenzhen / Tianjin University / CCDI Center Shanghai, China

  • “Let’s build the future”, Investors Day Frankfurt, DIC Frankfurt, Frankfurt/M., Germany

  • "Musée des Confluences" – Keynote, Conference "Confluence des savoirs", Ècole normale supérieure de Lyon, Lyon, France

  • "Designing Learning Spaces" – Keynote, EFMD's Annual Conference, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna, Austria

  • "The Himmelb(l)au Projects", Beijing Studio-X, GSAPP, Columbia University, Beijing, China

  • "The Himmelb(l)au Projects", Architektur im Dialog, Architektenkammer Niedersachsen, Hannover, Germany

  • "Building for a Changing World", Romanian Convention of Architecture and Design – ROCAD, Bukarest, Romania

  • "Visions in exile or: Before we were so rudely interrupted", Southern Californian Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Los Angeles, USA

  • 2013

    “In two days tomorrow will be yesterday”, TU Vienna, Austria