UCLA Architecture and Urban Design Lecture Series 2011-2012
Friday, February 24, 2012
Wolf D. Prix
Co-founder, Coop Himmelb(l)au, Vienna
Wolf D. Prix, born in Vienna in 1942, is a 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, and the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles. After various international teaching assignments he became professor at the University of Applied Arts Vienna in 1993 where he is serving as Vice-Rector, Head of Studio Prix and Dean of the Institute for Architecture.
COOP HIMMELB(L)AU is active in architecture, urban planning, design, and art. The architectural designs have been highly acclaimed and featured in many publications, museums and collections worldwide and have also received numerous international awards including the ‘RIBA International Award’ for the Akron Art Museum and the ‘RIBA European Award’ for the BMW Welt.
In 1988, a second studio was opened in Los Angeles, USA, another project office is located in Frankfurt/Germany. Today the studio is directed by Wolf D. Prix, Wolfdieter Dreibholz, Harald Krieger, Karolin Schmidbaur. COOP HIMMELB(L)AU employs currently 150 staff from nineteen nations.
Among the current projects are the Musée des Confluences in Lyon, France; the House of Music in Aalborg, Denmark; the European Central Bank’s new headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, Germany; the Busan Cinema Center in Busan, South Korea; the Dalian International Conference Center in Dalian, China; the Museum of Contemporary Art & Planning Exhibition in Shenzhen, China; the Central Bank of Azerbaijan, Baku as well as the Martin Luther Church in Hainburg, Austria.