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 as well as chairman of the Curia for Art since autumn 2014.

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). In 2015 he was awarded an Honorary Diploma of the Architectural Association of London. 

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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Selected Lectures

  • 2017

    “PANEUM – Wunderkammer des Brotes”, Überbau Akademie, On-Stage Seminar, Backaldrin Österreich The Kornspitz Company GmbH, Asten, Austria

  • “Wolf D. Prix in Conversation: The Himmelb(l)au Project”, Melbourne School of Design, Melbourne, Australia

  • “The Himmelb(l)au Project – Philosophy, Projects, Buildings”, BAU Congress China 2017, Shanghai, China 

  • “The Himmelb(l)au Project – Life, Projects, Philosophy”, Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism, Bucharest, Romania

  • “Time Passes, Quality Stays”, Geberit’s Design Explorers Beyond Time Series, Istanbul, Turkey

  • “The Himmelb(l)au Project – Life, Projects, Philosophy”, Symposium of the 2017 Experimental Architecture Biennial in Prague, Czech Republic

  • “Building densely, looking up: debating urban planning efficiency”, Alpbach Built Environment Symposium, Alpbach, Austria

  • “The Himmelb(l)au Project #3”, Taliesin: The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture”, Scottsdale, AZ, USA

  • “Zaha Hadid: Pedagogy as Practice”, Princeton University School of Architecture, Princeton, NJ, USA

  • “The Himmelb(l)au Project #2”, University of Michigan, A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA