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Zaha Hadid, A Life of Brilliant Designs

Zaha Hadid, the first woman to receive architecture’s most coveted award, the Pritzker Architecture Price, died of a heart attack in Miami on March 31st. Born in Baghdad, Iraq in October 1950, she was schooled in England and Switzerland before moving to London in 1972 to study architecture at the Architectural Association School of Architecture. She went on to found Zaha Hadid Architects in 1980 and also taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in the 1980s. In the years to follow, her career would arc brilliantly as she entered and won prestigious architecture competitions around the world and completed building projects with her signature design flourishes and detailing. Notable in Hadid’s impressive list of projects are Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London, Maxxi Museum in Rome, Guangzhou Opera House in China, a stadium for the 2022 World Cup games in Qatar, as well as a string of definitive buildings peppered around Europe and Asia In fashion, her contribution manifested as the Chanel Contemporary Art Container, commissioned by Karl Lagerfeld as a mobile art gallery to house artworks insured by the design house's iconic quilted handbag. Hadid was created a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2012. In a field that was strikingly low on representation from people of colour and women, Hadid stood out with her brilliance and her love for designs that captured the essence of what the future would look like. Her visionary designs, celebrating ‘curving forms with multiple perspective points and fragmented geometry’, according to The Design Museum were meant to evoke the chaos of modern life. She was also known as the transcendent architect and the Lady Gaga of Architecture.

London Aquatics Centre

maxxi museum rome

Maxxi Museum Rome


Serpentine Sackler Gallery London

ZH Opera House Guangzhou

Guangzhou Opera House China


Chanel Contemporary Art Container

Images: Dezeen

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