Patrik Schumacher has been a designer at Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) since 1988. He is a partner of the practice as well as a co-author of all major projects such as the MAXXI: Museum of XXI Century Arts (Rome, 2009), Guangzhou Opera House (China, 2010), Heydar Aliyev Centre (Baku, Azerbaijan, 2007–) and the Dongdaemun Design Park and Plaza (Seoul, 2014). He has been teaching at various architectural schools in the UK, continental Europe and the US since 1992, and held the John Portman Chair in Architecture at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design (GSD) in 2013. He is founder of the AA Design Research Laboratory (AA DRL), where he has continued to teach since 1996. In 2010 and 2012 he published the two volumes of his theoretical magnum opus The Autopoiesis of Architecture with John Wiley & Sons.