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Wolf D. Prix

COOP HIMMELB(L)AU Wolf D. Prix & Partner ZT GmbH. | Wien

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."

Coop Himmelb(l)au was founded by Wolf D. Prix, Helmut Swiczinsky, and Michael Holzer in Vienna, Austria, in 1968, and is active in architecture, urban planning, design, and art. In 1988, a second studio was opened in Los Angeles, USA and further project offices are currently located in Frankfurt, Germany and Paris, France. Coop Himmelb(l)au employs currently 150 team members from nineteen nations. After the retirement of Helmut Swiczinsky in 2006, Wolf D. Prix became Design Principal and CEO. Born in Vienna in 1942, he studied architecture at the Vienna University of Technology, the Architectural Association of London, and the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles. Most formative among his many international teaching positions was his tenure at the University of Applied Arts Vienna: from 1993 to 2011 he was Professor for Architecture (Studio Prix), and stepped down from his position as vice chancellor of the Institute of Architecture in 2012. He taught at the Architectural Association in London, at Harvard University in Cambridge, at the SCI-Arc in Los Angeles, at the Columbia University in New York. He was awarded the Harvey S. Perloff Professorship at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1999 and in 2001, he served as adjunct professor at UCLA and became a Doctor Honoris Causa de la Universidad de Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Awarded many times for his major contribution to architecture, Wolf D. Prix has seen his works published in numerous books and his architectural designs featured in many museums and collections worldwide. In 2006 he was the commissioner for the Austrian contribution for the 10th International Exhibition of the Venice Biennale.
In 2007 Coop Himmelb(l)au created the outstanding building of the BMW Welt, for which Interna supplied turnkey the furniture for all the entertainment and catering areas, working with the Viennese studio mainly for the millwork.