Patrik Schumacher is principal of Zaha Hadid Architects and is leading the firm since Zaha Hadid’s passing in April 2016. He joined Zaha Hadid in 1988, has been a co-author on most projects and was seminal in developing Zaha Hadid Architects to become 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 AD - Parametricism 2.0 – setting architecture’s agenda for the 21st Century with a new emphasis on the societal relevance of parametricism.
Patrik Schumacher + Tom Wiscombe: Duel + Duet
Tom Wiscombe has been a senior SCI-Arc faculty member for more than ten years. He assumed the role of chair of the B.Arch. program after having coordinated the school’s applied studies track for six years. Wiscombe, AIA is Principal of Tom Wiscombe Architecture, an internationally recognized design practice. His iconic work stands out in terms of its mysterious figural features, its alluring graphic qualities, and its tectonic inventiveness. Wiscombe is currently planning the Main Museum of Los Angeles Art with Developer Tom Gilmore in Downtown LA. He was recently honored with AIA Design Awards for this project as well as for his design for the Kinmen Port Terminal. His work is part of the permanent collection of the FRAC Centre Paris, the Art Institute of Chicago, MoMA San Francisco, and MoMA New York. Wiscombe is Chair of the B.Arch Program at SCI-Arc, where he has taught for over 10 years, and he has taught at U. Penn and Yale University. He completed his B.A. in Architecture at UC Berkeley and his M.Arch I degree at UCLA. Previously, Wiscombe worked for Coop Himmelb(l)au, where he was Chief Designer for BMW Welt, Munich, the Lyon Museum of Confluences, and the Dresden Cinema Center.