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Wolf D. Prix

Wolf D. Prix, born in Vienna in 1942, a co-founder, Design Principal and CEO of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU. He studied architecture at the Vienna University of Technology, the Architectural Association of London, and the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles.

Most formative among his many international teaching positions was his tenure at the University of Applied Arts Vienna: from 1993 to 2011 he was Professor for Architecture (Studio Prix), and stepped down from his position as vice chancellor of the Institute of Architecture in 2012. He taught as a visiting professor at the Architectural Association in London in 1984 and at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1990.From 1985 to 1995, Wolf D. Prix was active as Adjunct Professor at the SCI-Arc in Los Angeles. In 1998 he was a faculty member of Columbia University in New York.

In 1999, Wolf D. Prix was awarded the Harvey S. Perloff Professorship at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). In 2001, he served as adjunct professor at UCLA and became a Doctor Honoris Causa de la Universidad de Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

In 2002, Wolf D. Prix was made Officier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres and was also awarded the gold medal for merits to the federal state of Vienna. He received in 2004 the Annie Spink Award for Excellence in Architectural Education for his commitment to teaching and training and was awarded with the Jencks Award: Visions Built prize for his major contribution to the theory and practice of architecture in 2008. A year later, Federal President Dr. Heinz Fischer bestowed the Austrian Decoration of Honor for Science and Art on Wolf D. Prix for his outstanding creative achievements. In 2011 he was honoured with the “Silberne Komturkreuz des Landes Niederösterreich” as well as the Honorary Citizenship of the City of Busan, Southkorea.

From 1995 to 1997, Wolf D. Prix was a member of the architectural committee in the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research, and the Arts. He is a member of the Austrian Art Senate, of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, as well as of the Advisory Committee for Building Culture. Furthermore, Wolf D. Prix belongs to the Architectural Association Austria, the Association of German Architects (BDA) in Germany, the Architectural Association Santa Clara in Cuba, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Chamber of Architects Île de France and the Architectural Association Italy.

The work of Wolf D. Prix has been published in numerous books and his architectural designs have been featured in many museums and collections worldwide. In 2006, he was the commissioner for the Austrian contribution for the 10th International Exhibition of the Venice Biennale.


Auböck + Kárász International activities in landscape and garden architecture. Cultural science studies, film projects, exhibition concepts and designs.

Maria Auböck. Studied Architecture at Vienna University of Technology. Teaching assignment at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, since 1999 Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich: “Design in Free Space”.

János Kárász. Studied architecture and social science in Vienna. Teaching assignment at universities in Vienna, Munich and Budapest.


Harald Trapp, born in 1960, studied sociology (Munich), architecture (Vienna, London, Stuttgart), exhibition architect (MAK, Künstlerhaus Vienna, Kunsthalle Bonn, Venice Biennale, among others), assistant at the Institute of Architecture and Design, Building Theory department (Vienna University of Technology), PhD (Vienna University of Technology), teaching assignment at the School of Architecture (University of East London).


Christian Kühn Born in 1962, graduated from Vienna University of Technology, PhD at ETH Zürich; post-doctoral thesis at Vienna University of Technology in 2001; Professor at the Institute of Architecture and Design at Vienna University of Technology, emphasis on educational architecture. Architectural critic for “Die Presse” and for specialist journals including Architektur- und Bauforum, archithese and ARCH+. 1995–2000 Board of the Austrian Association of Architecture, since 2000 Board of the Austrian Architecture Foundation. Member of the Advisory Council for Architecture in the Federal Chancellery and the Monument Preservation Advisory Council. Since 2008, Dean of Studies for Architecture at Vienna University of Technology.


KOLLEKTIV/RAUSCHEN group was founded in Berlin in 2010 as part of an exhibition project and consists of four artists from the sphere of fine arts and music. As KOLLEKTIV/RAUSCHEN, they work on projects that enable an extended space of sound, combining elements of performance, installation, sculpture and concert.

Sebastian Bauer [*1977, D] studied at the universities of Erlangen and Vienna (history, theatre studies);
Christian Schröder [*1979, AT] studied at the University of Applied Arts Vienna (media art);
Samuel Schaab [*1981, D] studied at the University of Applied Arts Vienna (media art);
Markus Taxacher [*1980, AT] studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (sculpture, digital media).




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