Zaha Hadid

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Zaha Hadid
Born(1950-10-31) 31 October 1950 (age 61)
Baghdad, Iraq
NationalityUnited Kingdom
PracticeZaha Hadid Architects
BuildingsMaxxi, Bridge Pavilion, Maggie's Centre, Contemporary Arts Center
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Zaha Hadid
Born(1950-10-31) 31 October 1950 (age 61)
Baghdad, Iraq
NationalityUnited Kingdom
PracticeZaha Hadid Architects
BuildingsMaxxi, Bridge Pavilion, Maggie's Centre, Contemporary Arts Center
Bridge Pavilion in Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain
Bergisel Ski Jump, Innsbruck, Austria
BMW Central Building, Leipzig, Germany
Vitra fire station, Weil am Rhein, Germany
Contemporary Arts Center, Hadid's first American work in Cincinnati, Ohio

Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid, DBE (Arabic: زها حديدZahā Ḥadīd; born 31 October 1950) is an Iraqi-British architect and winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004, and the Stirling Prize in 2010 and 2011.



She taught at prestigious institutions around the world; she held the Kenzo Tange Chair at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, the Sullivan Chair at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Architecture, guest professorships at the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg, the Knowlton School of Architecture, at The Ohio State University, the Masters Studio at Columbia University, New York and the Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor of Architectural Design at the Yale School of Architecture in New Haven, Connecticut. She was named an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. She has been on the Board of Trustees of The Architecture Foundation. She is currently Professor at the University of Applied Arts Vienna in Austria. In 2002, she won the international design competition to design Singapore's one-north master plan. In 2005, her design won the competition for the new city casino of Basel, Switzerland.[citation needed]

In 2004 Hadid became the first female and first Muslim[1] recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, architecture's equivalent of the Nobel Prize. She is a member of the editorial board of the Encyclopædia Britannica. In 2006, she was honoured with a retrospective spanning her entire work at the Guggenheim Museum in New York; that year she also received an Honorary Degree from the American University of Beirut. Her architectural design firm, Zaha Hadid Architects, employs more than 350 people, and is headquartered in a Victorian former school building in Clerkenwell, London.

In 2008, she ranked 69th on the Forbes list of "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women".[2] On 2 January 2009, she was the guest editor of the BBC's flagship morning radio news programme, Today.[3]

In 2010 she was named by Time magazine as influential thinker in the 2010 TIME 100 issue.[4] In September 2010, The British magazine New Statesman listed Zaha Hadid at number 42 in their annual survey of "The World's 50 Most Influential Figures 2010".[5]

She won the Stirling Prize two years running: in 2010, for one of her most celebrated works, the Maxxi in Rome, and in 2011 for the Evelyn Grace Academy, a Z-shapes school in Brixton.

Hadid is the designer of the Dongdaemun Design Plaza & Park in Seoul, South Korea, which is expected to be the centerpiece of the festivities for the city's designation as World Design Capital 2010. The complex is scheduled to be completed in 2011.

Hadid was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2002 and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2012 Birthday Honours for services to architecture.[6]

Interior architecture and product design

She has also undertaken some high-profile interior work, including the Mind Zone and Feet zone at the Millennium Dome in London as well as creating fluid furniture installations within the Georgian surroundings of Home House private members club in Marylebone, and the Z.CAR hydrogen-powered, three-wheeled automobile. In 2009, she worked with the clothing brand Lacoste, to create a new, high fashion, and advanced boot.[7] In the same year, she also collaborated with the brassware manufacturer Triflow Concepts[8] to produce two new designs in her signature parametric architectural style.

In 2007, Zaha Hadid designed the Moon System Sofa for leading Italian furniture manufacturer B&B Italia.[9]

Architectural work

Conceptual projects

Completed projects

Ongoing projects

In 2010, Hadid has been commissioned by the Iraqi government to design the new building for the Central Bank of Iraq. This will be her first project in her native Iraq.[16] Other work includes Pierres Vives, the new departmental records building (to host three institutions, namely, the archive, the library and the sports department), for French department Hérault, in Montpellier.[17]

Hadid's project was named as the best for the Vilnius Guggenheim Hermitage Museum in 2008. She designed the Innovation Tower for Hong Kong Polytechnic University, scheduled for completion in 2011, and the Chanel Mobile Art Pavilion that was displayed in Hong Kong in 2008.[18][19][20] She completed a new building for Evelyn Grace Academy in London in 2010.[21]


Films and Videos


See also


  1. ^ "I don't do nice". Jonathan Glancey. The Guardian. 9 October 2006. Retrieved 17 April 2012. “Strictly speaking, she is a Muslim”
  2. ^ Forbes: The World's 100 Most Powerful Women
  3. ^ "Guest editor: Zaha Hadid". BBC. 27 December 2008. Retrieved 17 January 2009. 
  4. ^ Time 100 – Thinkers : Zaha Hadid
  5. ^ "42. Zaha Hadid – 50 People Who Matter 2010". New Statesman. UK. Retrieved 12 October 2010. 
  6. ^ London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60173. p. 6. 16 June 2012.
  7. ^ Lacoste
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  10. ^ "Maxxi_Museo Nazionale Delle Arti Del Xxi Secolo". Retrieved 17 January 2009. 
  11. ^ "Photo from Reuters Pictures". Reuters Daylife. Retrieved 17 January 2009. [dead link]
  12. ^ Afragola station delayed. Today's Railways Europe. December 2008. p. 52. 
  13. ^ (English)
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  16. ^ Nayeri, Farah (27 August 2010). "Zaha Hadid to Design New Iraqi Central Bank After June Attack". Bloomberg. 
  17. ^ "Pierres Vives" (in French). Retrieved 11 March 2009. 
  18. ^ Bonnie Chen In the frame 25 May 2009 The Standard
  19. ^ PolyU appoints Zaha Hadid as Architect of Innovation Tower 12 December 2007 Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  20. ^ Hadid goes back to Hong Kong Zaha Hadid's Innovation Tower in Hong Kong Friday 14 December 2007 World Architecture
  21. ^ Evelyn Grace Academy: Buildings & facilities
  22. ^ "D A R C – Zaha Hadid". Retrieved 17 January 2009.  (English) (Italian)
  23. ^ (French)
  24. ^ "RIBA Awards". e-architects. Retrieved 21 September 2009. 
  25. ^ a b "RIBA European Awards". RIBA. Retrieved 21 September 2009. 
  26. ^ "2010 RIBA Award Winners Announced". Bustler. Retrieved 28 May 2010. 
  27. ^ Heathcote, Edwin (3 October 2010). "Hadid finally wins Stirling Prize". Financial Times. Retrieved 3 October 2010. 
  28. ^ "Evelyn Grace Academy wins Stirling Prize". BBC News. 2 October 2011. 

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