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

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

  • “The Himmelb(l)au Project”, Bartlett International Lecture Series, The Bartlett School of Architecture, London, UK

  • “When Is the Digital in Architecture?”, Southern Californian Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Los Angeles, California, USA

  • “The Himmelb(l)au Project”, India Arch Dialogue 2017, New Delhi, India

  • 2016

    “Architects, not Architecture – Personalities behind the big names. Conversations without the myths.”, Miralles Concert Hall, Hamburg, Germany 

  • “The Sixties: From critiquing Functionalismus to Utopias – The Last Avant-garde?”, 20th Vienna Architecture Congress, Vienna, Austria

  • “What’s changed? How we live now, how will we live tomorrow?”, Wolf D. Prix & Sir Peter Cook, World Architecture Festival, Arena Berlin, Germany

  • “Museum of Contemporary Art & Planning Exhibition (MOCAPE), Shenzhen, China (2007-2016)”, World Architecture Festival, Arena Berlin, Germany 

  • Southern Californian Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Los Angeles, California, USA

  • "The Himmelb(l)au Project", Association of Siamese Architects under Royal Patronage, Bangkok, Thailand