Patrik Schumacher is principal of Zaha Hadid Architects and is leading the firm since Zaha
Hadid’s passing in March 2016. He joined Zaha Hadid in 1988 and was seminal in developing
Zaha Hadid Architects to become a 400 strong global architecture and design brand.
Patrik Schumacher studied philosophy, mathematics and architecture in Bonn, Stuttgart and
London. He received his Diploma in architecture in 1990. He has been a partner since 2003
and a co-author on all projects. In 2010 Patrik Schumacher won the Royal Institute of British
Architects’ Stirling Prize for excellence in architecture together with Zaha Hadid, for MAXXI, the
National Italian Museum for Art and Architecture of the 21st century in Rome. He is an
academician of the Berlin Academy of Arts.
In 1996 he founded the Design Research Laboratory at the Architectural Association in London
where he continues to teach. In 1999 he completed his PHD at the Institute for Cultural Science,
Klagenfurt University. Patrik Schumacher is lecturing worldwide and is currently a guest
professor at Harvard’s GSD. Over the last 20 years he has contributed over 100 articles to
architectural journals and anthologies. In 2008 he coined the phrase Parametricism and has
since published a series of manifestos promoting Parametricism as the new epochal style for
the 21st century. In 2010/2012 he published his two-volume theoretical opus magnum “The
Autopoiesis of Architecture”. Patrik Schumacher is widely recognized as one of the most
prominent thought leaders within the fields of architecture, urbanism and design.