zahaArchitect Zaha Hadid, who was widely regarded to be the greatest female architect in the world today, has died aged 65. She had contracted bronchitis earlier this week and experienced an unexpected heart attack while being attended in a hospital.


Baghdad and Beyond

Hadid was born on 31 October 1950 in Baghdad. She studied maths at Beirut University before starting on her career at the Architectural Association in London. She became a citizen of the United Kingdom later.

She was the first woman to win the Royal Institute of British Architects Gold Medal in appreciation of her achievements.

In 1979 she set up her company – Zaha Hadid Architects. Through her company, she commissioned designs across the world; Hong Kong, Azerbaijan and Germany.



Major Prizes won

  1. She twice won the Riba Stirling Prize, the UK’s most prestigious architecture award.
  2. In 2010 she won for the Maxxi Museum in Rome, winning again in 2011 for the Evelyn Grace Academy in Brixton.
  3. In 2004, Zaha Hadid became the first woman to be awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize.


Recognised Designs

1. the Vitra Fire Station in Weil Am Rhein, Germany (1993)


2. MAXXI: Italian National Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome


3.London Aquatics Centre for the 2012 Olympic Games (2011)