Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid

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Born in Iraq, in 1950, to a political activist father and artist mother, Zaha Hadid moved to England in 1972 to study architecture and, having already gained recognition internationally, she opened her own architecture firm in London in 1980. At the time of her death in 2016, Zaha Hadid Architects employed about 400 people.

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Born in Iraq, in 1950, to a political activist father and artist mother, Zaha Hadid moved to England in 1972 to study architecture and, having already gained recognition internationally, she opened her own architecture firm in London in 1980. At the time of her death in 2016, Zaha Hadid Architects employed about 400 people.

Looking at her designs, it is no wonder she was called ‘Queen of the Curve’ by The Guardian. Among her numerous innovative designs are the Guangzhou Opera house, the aquatic centre for the London 2012 Olympic games and the CityLife Milano Residential Complex. Her designs incorporate both organic and geometric shapes, and many of her buildings look like sculptures.

Among her more prestigious awards are the Sterling Prize, a top honour in UK architecture, as well as the Pritzker Architecture Prize and Royal Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects, both of which had never before been awarded to a woman. To top off her honours, she was made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II, and was named one of the 100 most influential women by Forbes in 2008.


Sources

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zaha_Hadid

  2. https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2013/sep/08/zaha-hadid-serpentine-sackler-profile

  3. https://www.forbes.com/lists/2008/11/biz_powerwomen08_Zaha-Hadid_VB2V.html