This week one of the most renowned icons of modern architecture Zaha Hadid suddenly passed away at only the age of 65 leaving behind an array of landmarks that became her signature as an innovative and female architect in a world dominated by men.
Born in Baghdad on the 31st of October in 1950, Zaha Hadid later studied mathematics at the American University of Beirut before moving to London in 1972 where she studied at the Architectural Association School of Architecture. Later on, she opened her own London-bases architecture practice in 1980.
Although she was a naturalized citizen of the United Kingdom, Hadid struggled to have commissioned projects there, and she didn’t have a major building produced in the UK until 2011 when the Riverside museum of transport in Glasgow was completed.
Her style although futuristic is inspired by her roots and arabesque outlines which gave her works curvy shapes and fluid forms that she was described as ‘the queen of curves’. Liberating architectural geometry, she created wonders that evoked chaos and were expressions of modern life.
Her most renowned architectural designs are MAXXI, the National Museum of the 31st Century Arts in Rome which was awarded the Stirling Prize in 2010, the London Aquatic Center, the China Opera House in Guangzhou and the Broad Art Museum in the U.S.
Being a woman didn’t hold her back from being recognized in her own right in a world dominated by men and in 2004 she was the first woman to ever won the Pritzker Architecture Prize. In addition to the Stirling Prize in 2010 and 2011, she was also the first woman to be awarded the RIBA Gold Medal in 2015. She was given yet another esteemed recognition in 2012 when she received the title of Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.