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2021 Designer of the Year

Patrik Schumacher is a renowned architect, architectural theorist and associate of Zaha Hadid Architects, where he has been working since 1988 and taken part in numerous projects. Schumacher studied architecture at the University of Stuttgart and the Southbank University in London. He completed his architectural diploma and received his degree from Stuttgart University in 1990. He also studied philosophy at Bonn and London universities. In 1999, he received his PhD at the Institute for Cultural Sciences at the University of Klagenfurt.


Schumacher joined Zaha Hadid Associates in 1988 and worked on the design of the first built project, the Vitra Fire Station. Since then, he has been involved in virtually all projects alongside Zaha Hadid herself, including the MAXXI Centre of Contemporary Art and Architecture, Kartal Pendik in Istanbul and One North in Singapore. Since its formidable founder’s death in 2016, Schumacher has been at the helm of the growth and direction of London-based firm and played a crucial role in designing projects that have reshaped and redefined city skylines around the world—from the MAXXI National Museum in Rome to the Leeza Soho in Beijing. He also has a Ph.D. in philosophy, has authored several influential books and papers, and has deep roots in academia with teaching jobs at Columbia University, Harvard Graduate School of Design, and Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, to name a few.

Zaha Hadid Architects
Abu Dhabi Performing Arts Centre
Zaha Hadid Architects
Beijing Daxing International Airport