Zaha Hadid’s right hand man and long-term collaborator Patrik Schumacher is understood to be on a three-strong shortlist to take on the prestigious role of Professor of Architecture at the Bartlett
The German-born architect (pictured) is vying against Murray Fraser, the director of Postgraduate Studies and Research at the University of Westminster and Frédéric Migayrou, art critic and the head of architecture at the Pompidou Centre, Paris to take over the key role, which determines the future of the direction of the architecture school, once held by Peter Cook.
According to sources Stirling Prize-winner Schumacher is the favourite among the senior ranks at the University College London, while a source on the school’s teaching staff said Migayrou’s ‘curatorial approach’ makes him the preferred choice of some tutors.
One concerned student, who wished to remain anonymous, said: ‘Schumacher is very much an advocate of parametricism and is not very interested in other methods of architectural design.’
Should Schumacher win he will remain as partner at Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA). A spokesperson said: ‘Patrik cannot comment further on the issue, but can confirm he would definitely keep his position at ZHA.’
Meanwhile, Professor Murray Fraser’s students have told the AJ they are ‘worried’ at the prospect of him leaving Westminster University.