Patrik Schumacher

Design Critic in Architecture

Patrik Schumacher, is partner at Zaha Hadid Architects. He joined in 1988 and has since been the co-author of many key projects. Together with Zaha Hadid he built up Zaha Hadid Architects to become a 400 strong global architecture brand. Patrik Schumacher studied philosophy, mathematics, and architecture in Bonn, London and Stuttgart, where he received his Diploma in 1990. In 1999 he completed his PHD at the Institute for Cultural Science, Klagenfurt University.  In 1996 he founded the “Design Research Laboratory” at the Architectural Association in London and continues to teach in what has become one of the world’s most prestigious architecture programs. Since 2004 Patrik Schumacher is also tenured professor at the Institute for Experimental Architecture, Innsbruck University and guest professor at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. In 2010 and 2012 he published the two Volumes of his theoretical opus magnum ‘The Autopoiesis of Architecture’. His lectures and essays in architectural theory are available at In 2002 Patrik Schumacher curated ‘Latent Utopias – Experiments within Contemporary Architecture’ and he is currently planning the exhibition ‘Parametricism – The New International Style’.