Dame Zaha Hadid, DBE
A LOOK BACK AT THE GROUNDBREAKING CAREER OF THE ARCHITECT DUBBED ‘QUEEN OF THE CURVE’.
BORN A SUNNI MUSLIM in Baghdad, schooled by Roman Catholic nuns in Switzerland, tertiary-educated at the American University of Beirut, and mentored by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and Greek architect Elia Zenghelis at the Architecture Association (AA) in London, Zaha Hadid came to fame through a chaos of cultures. Accordingly, her buildings were bereft of the biases of Western Modernism and men. She was a self-determining master of mega-structural processes who dipped into all design sectors while shaping a brave new world and shaking up the boys’ club. She translated Russian Suprematism into Einsteinian space and so became the first woman to win architecture’s top honours, the Pritzker Prize (2004) and the Royal Institute of British Architects’ Royal Gold Medal (2016). Hadid showed what is possible, not what is presumed, and for that the world of design is forever in her debt.
“She was somebody with a RARE KIND OF COURAGE. It was not a constructed courage, but an inevitable courage; she was just made that way. It was an almost PHYSICAL THING.” — architect Rem Koolhaas
1. The Z-BOAT (2012) limited-edition speedboat. 2. HEYDAR ALIYEV CULTURAL CENTRE (2012), Azerbaijan, won the 2014 London Design Museum award. 3. VITRA FIRE STATION (1990–93), Weil am Rhein; Hadid’s first major work. 4. MAXXI: MUSEUM OF XXI CENTURY ARTS...