Patrik Schumacher has been a part of Zaha Hadid’s studio almost from the outset, having joined in 1988, and has been a partner at Zaha Hadid Architects since 2002. Pritzker Prize-winning Hadid was the driving personality of the firm and its artist; Schumacher its brain. Since her untimely death in April 2016, he has served as the firm’s sole director. Schumacher is the co-author of many spectacular projects, such as the MAXXI art museum in Rome and the Guangzhou Opera House. In addition to architecture he has a doctorate in philosophy, is co-director of the Design Research Laboratory at the AA, London and has taught at numerous universities. An obsessive thinker, he coined the term “Parametricism”, and in 2010 and 2012 published his theoretical manifesto “The Autopoiesis of Architecture”.