Zaha Hadid (Zaha Hadid)

Zaha Hadid

Architect and Designer. Hadid, commonly referred to as ‘The Queen of the Curve’, was a British designer who was the first woman to receive the Royal Institute of British Architects gold medal, as well as the first woman to win the Pritzker prize for  architecture. She studied mathematics at the American University of Beirut before launching her architectural career in London at the Architectural Association. By 1979, she had established her own practice in London and gained a reputation across the world for groundbreaking theoretical works including the Peak in Hong Kong (1983), Kurfürstendamm 70 in Berlin (1986) and the Cardiff Bay opera house in Wales (1994). The first major build commission that earned her international recognition was the Vitra fire station in Weil Am Rhein, Germany (1993). Other notable projects included the MAXXI: Italian National Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome (2009), the Rosenthal Centre of Contemporary Art in Cincinnati (2003), the BMW factory in Leipzig, Germany (2005), the Guangzhou opera house in China (2010), the London aquatics center for the 2012 Olympic Games (2011), the Heydar Aliyev center in Baku (2013) and a stadium for the 2022 football World Cup in Qatar. In 2004, she became the first female recipient of the Pritzker architecture prize and twice won the UK’s most prestigious architecture award, the RIBA Stirling prize. Other awards included the Republic of France’s Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and Japan’s Praemium Imperiale. Hadid suffered a heart attack while in hospital in Miami, where she was being treated for bronchitis. (bio by: Louis M.)

Born

  • October, 31, 1950
  • Iraq

Died

  • March, 03, 2016
  • USA

Cemetery

  • Brookwood Cemetery
  • Surrey
  • England

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