Graduate Architecture

Wolf D.Prix_ZW // © Zwefo

Wolf D. Prix

Visiting Lecturer

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.



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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