Zaha Hadid (1950 - 2016)

Zaha Hadid redefined 21st-century architecture, blending optimism and invention with advanced design and construction techniques. Renowned for her transformative work in concrete, steel, and glass, Hadid consistently created projects that became symbols of social progress. Her work earned her the highest honors from civic, academic, and professional institutions worldwide, and her architectural practice has been one of the most inventive for nearly four decades.

Born in Baghdad in 1950, Hadid studied mathematics in Beirut before attending the Architectural Association School in London, where she won the Diploma Prize in 1977. She taught at the AA School until 1987 and held numerous prestigious teaching positions globally. She founded Zaha Hadid Architects in 1979 and won the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004.

Hadid’s architecture is known for its beauty and meaning, offering inventive, original, and civic designs with generous public spaces that are intuitive to navigate. Each of her buildings, noted for their virtuosic construction and magnetic presence, holds a place in architectural history. Her designs reflected an enlightened philosophical framework and a principled discipline, exceeding client expectations and fulfilling the aspirations of a new generation.

Her work was celebrated in major exhibitions at venues such as the Guggenheim Museum, Design Museum, State Hermitage Museum, and Serpentine Galleries. She was recognized by numerous prestigious organizations, appearing on the Forbes list of the „World’s Most Powerful Women,“ and received the „Premium Imperiale“ from the Japan Art Association. Her designs won the Stirling Prize in 2010 and 2011, and she was honored by UNESCO, the Republic of France, and TIME magazine. In 2012, Queen Elizabeth II made her a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, and she received the Royal Gold Medal in 2016.

Zaha Hadid passed away on March 31, 2016, leaving a legacy of groundbreaking architectural contributions.

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