Wolf D. Prix
Univ. Prof. Arch. DI. DDr. h.c
Wolf D. Prix, born in 1942 in Vienna, is co-founder, Design Director and CEO of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU. He studied architecture at the Vienna University of Technology, the Architectural Association of London as well as at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles.
Amongst others, Wolf D. Prix is a member of the Österreichische Bundeskammer der Architekten und Ingenieurkonsulenten, the Bund Deutscher Architekten, Germany (BDA), the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the Architectural Association Santa Clara, Cuba, and Fellow of the American Institute of Architecture (FAIA).
Wolf D. Prix received numerous awards including the Great Austrian State Award and the Austrian Decoration of Honor for Science and Art. He is permanent member of the Austrian Art Senate and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts as well as honorary member of the Österreich | Deutschland | Gesellschaft since May, 2017. Prix is a chairman of the Curia for Art since autumn 2014/-.
Two Universities have conferred him the Doctorate Honoris Causa: The Universidad de Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2001) and the "Ion Mincu" University of Architecture and Urbanism, Bucharest, Romania (2014). In 2015 he was awarded an Honorary Diploma of the Architectural Association of London.
Wolf D. Prix is counted among the originators of the deconstructivist architecture movement. COOP HIMMELB(L)AU had its international breakthrough with the invitation to the exhibition „Deconstructivist Architecture“ at MoMA New York in 1988. Over the years Wolf D. Prix/ COOP HIMMELB(L)AU was awarded with numerous international architecture awards.
HONORS AND DISTINCTIONS:
2018 Bauherrenpreis der Zentralvereinigung der Architekten Österreich, Award of the Austrian Architectural Association) Project: PANEUM - Wunderkammer des Brotes (House of Bread II)
2017 IES Illumination Award for Outdoor Lighting Design, Illuminating Engineering Society, New York, USA, 2017; Project: Museum of Contemporary Art & Planning Exhibition (MOCAPE)
2015 Honorary Diploma of the Architectural Association London, UK for Wolf D. Prix
2014 Dr. honoris causa of the Ion Mincu University Bucharest for Wolf D. Prix; Bucharest, Romania
2013 Hessian Cultural Prize, Frankfurt, Germany; Project: European Central Bank
2013 Architizer A+ Award, New York, USA; Project: Dalian International Conference Center
2011 Red Dot Award: (Category: Architecture), Essen, Germany; Project: Central Los Angeles Area High School #9 of Visual and Performing Arts
2011 Honorary citizenship of the City of Busan for Wolf D. Prix, Busan, South Korea; Project: Busan Cinema Center
2008 RIBA European Award, London, UK; Project: BMW Welt
2005 American Architecture Award, The Chicago Athenaeum, Illinois, USA; Project: Akron Art Museum
2002 Gold Medal for merits to the federal state of Vienna (Goldenes Ehrenzeichen für Verdienste um das Land Wien), Vienna, Austria
2002 Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres for Wolf D. Prix, Vienna, Austria
1999 Great Austrian State Award (Großer Österr. Staatspreis), Vienna, Austria
1992 Erich-Schelling-Architecture Prize (Erich-Schelling-Architekturpreis), Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung, Karlsruhe, Germany
1989/90/91 Progressive Architecture/ P.A. Award, New York, USA
1988 Award of the City of Vienna for Architecture (Preis der Stadt Wien für Architektur), Vienna, Austria; Project: Rooftop Remodelling Falkestraße
Permanent member of:
Kurie für Kunst (curia for art), since 2014 as chairman, Federal Chancellery of Austria
Advisory Committee for Building Culture, Federal Chancellery of Austria
Austrian Art Senate
European Academy of Sciences and Arts
Rat für Formgebung, German Design Council, Germany
Architectural Associations of Austria, Germany, Italy, France, Cuba
Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA)
Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
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