Dr Patrik Schumacher

Patrik Schumacher is principal of Zaha Hadid Architects and has been leading the firm since Zaha Hadid’s passing in April 2016. He joined Zaha Hadid in 1988, and has been a co-author on most projects. He was seminal in developing Zaha Hadid Architects into a 400 strong global architecture and design brand. In 1996 he founded the Design Research Laboratory at the Architectural Association, where he continues to teach. He is lecturing worldwide and recently held the John Portman chair in Architecture 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. He recently guest-edited the magazine Architectural Design, and wrote Parametricism 2.0 - rethinking architecture’s agenda for the 21st Century, which added a new emphasis on the societal relevance of parametricism.

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