I was introduced to Zaha Hadid by a friend who loves architecture. Her buildings, it turns out, were not new to me but she was. Some of her most famous designs are Guangzhou Opera House, 2012 London Olympics Aquatic Centre and CityLife Milano Residential Complex just to name a few.
Coined ‘Queen of the Curve’ by The Guardian, Zaha Hadid was the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize, in 2004. In 2015 she became the first and only woman to be awarded the Royal Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects and was made a Dame by Elizabeth II for services to architecture. Other awards include 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.
Her mentor, Rem Koolhaas called her "a planet in her own inimitable orbit". A strong and determined woman Zaha has an indifference to practical constraints and an opposition to conventional society. All the components needed to be a powerhouse in Modern Architecture.
Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid, DBE RA. 31 October 1950 – 31 March 2016