Studio Hadid - Vienna

Zaha Hadid, founder of Zaha Hadid Architects, was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004 and is internationally known for her built, theoretical and academic work. Teaching with her senior office partner Patrik Schumacher, Zaha Hadid’s interest lies in the rigorous interface between architecture, landscape, and geology as her practice integrates natural topography and human-made systems, leading to experimentation with cutting-edge technologies. Such a process often results in unexpected and dynamic architectural forms.

Zaha Hadid has held numerous chairs and guest professorships at universities around the world, currently – among others – teaching at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna.

For the fourteen years that Zaha Hadid has been the head of one of the three architecture studios at the University of Applied Arts, her studio has drawn great inspiration from her distinguished personal and professional profile, being one of the most successful architects in the world.

Zaha Hadid conveys her profession as a design discipline that is constantly confronted with new tasks and is in search of unconventional and innovative solutions to challenge the discipline of architecture. Studying architecture in Studio Hadid requires the systematic acquisition and development of conceptual, methodological and formal principles. Drawing upon the perpetual advancement of society, students explore and develop design concepts in an attempt to find innovative solutions within a new architectural repertoire. Working within the agenda of Parametricism, architecture is seen as a system of correlations and differentiations seeking adequate and complex articulation.

Projects range from large-scale urban developments to complex buildings and further down to the façade and interior scales. The studio is seen as an open source model with students working together in teams.