The Instrumentality of Appearances
Patrik Schumacher has been a designer at Zaha Hadid Architects since 1988. He is a company director and senior designer of the practice as well as a co-author and project partner on seminal projects such as the MAXXI: National Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome, the BMW Central Building in Leipzig and the Guangzhou Opera House in China. He is registered with the Architect’s Registration Board, and a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects.
Patrik studied architecture at the University of Stuttgart and at the Southbank University in London. He completed his architectural diploma and received his degree from Stuttgart University in 1990 and also studied philosophy at both Bonn and London Universities. In 1999 he received his doctoral degree Dr.Phil. from the Institute for Cultural Sciences at the University of Klagenfurt.
Since 1992, Patrik has been teaching at architectural schools in Britain, continental Europe and the USA. He is a co-director of the Design Research Laboratory (DRL) at the Architectural Association School of Architecture. He has co-taught a series of post-graduate option studios with Zaha Hadid at the University of Illinois - Chicago, Yale, Columbia and at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.