Zaha Hadid is one of the youngest people and only women to ever win the prestigious Pritzker Prize – the highest award in architecture. Jorge Silvetti, a Pritzker Prize juror stated:”What she has achieved with her inimitable manipulation of walls, ground planes, and roofs, with those transparent, interwoven, and fluid spaces, are vivid proof that architecture as a fine art has not run out of steam and is hardly wanting in imagination.”
Zaha was born in Baghdad in 1950, and obtained a degree in mathematics from the American University in Beirut before moving to London in 1972 to study at the Architecture Association School, winning the school’s Diploma Prize in 1977.
Her innovative creations span the entire spectrum of design, from large-scale urban architecture to interiors, furniture and exhibition spaces, and have graced cities around the globe, winning her a number of awards and prizes. Her best known projects are:
- BMW Central Building in Leipzig, Germany,
- Phaeno Science Center in Wolfsburg, Germany,
- Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati, USA and
- Hoenheim Nord Terminus in Strasbourg, France
Zaha’s recently completed the London Aquatics Centre. At the completion ceremony, the International Olympic Committee Chairman Jacques Rogge said: “I have seen so many venues in my life but I had a visual shock when I came into the Aquatics Centre. Everything stands out: the harmony, the quality, the innovation. It’s a masterpiece!”
In addition to her architectural and design work she is a gifted artist – she has exhibited at New York’s Guggenheim and Modern Art museums – and also an academic.
Interviews with Zaha Hadid:
Uploaded on Apr 5, 2010
Zaha Hadid talks to JO Magazine about the challenges of architecture.
Uploaded on Jan 11, 2012
Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid has added several projects to her international portfolio: the Guangzhou Opera House in China, the Evelyn Grace Academy and the London Aquatics
Uploaded on Apr 15, 2011
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Published on Jun 23, 2012
This year, the Guardian invited award-winning architect Zaha Hadid to Cannes Lions to speak about her own creativity.
Published on Oct 11, 2012
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Published on Nov 6, 2012
Last weekend, in the heart of Beijing, the unveiling of the amorphous globes of Zaha Hadid’s Galaxy SOHO stunned visitors with the office and retail complex’s radical aesthetic. Beijing’s rapid economic growth has thrust the cityscape into a continuous battle between ever-climbing modern high rises, and the traditional, winding alleyways, unique to the capital city. Crane.tv meets Hadid to hear about her newest structural feat, and collect the thoughts of the building’s wide-eyed neighbours.
Uploaded on Mar 8, 2011
Jonathan Glancey explores Guangzhou’s glittering, intergalactic new opera house, designed by British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid and opened last weekend. Sixteen years after a similar project in Wales ground to a halt, she explains why Cardiff’s loss is China’s gain
- Tables by Zaha Hadid for Citco (dezeen.com)
- It Sounds Terrifying To Work For Legendary Architect Zaha Hadid (businessinsider.com)
- Curbed Maps: Mapping the Prolific In-Progress Works of Zaha Hadid (curbed.com)