Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid, a female architect renowned for her designs, went on to become the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize. She passed away today at the age of 65 of a heart attack.
Dame Zaha Hadid was earlier being treated for bronchitis but a sudden heart attack took her life while she was still being warded at a hospital in Miami on the 31st of March 2016.
Born in 1950 on the 31st of October, she was from Baghdad, Iraq where her father was a business owner and co-founder of the National Democratic Party while her mother was an artist. Zaha Hadid attended boarding schools in England and Switzerland before subsequently studying in the American University of Beirut and then the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London.
While she was alive, she collected a string of awards despite the hardships thrown her way due to gender discrimination. Working in fields from architecture to even furniture and clothing design, she was a versatile bright spark in the male dominated empire of architectural design. Although she is no longer of this world, her creations remain, strong reminders of the determination and fiery passion she had for her work. Among her outstanding goliath masterpieces are the Vitra Fire Station, the first of her completed projects finished in 1994 that became an events space later on, the Phaeno science centre in Wolfsburg, the Evelyn Grace Academy in London which won her the Stirling Prize, the Guangzhou opera house, the London aquatics centre in Stratford and the minimalistic streamlined Galaxy Soho in Beijing.
Described as a visionary and a woman determined to prove her worth in an industry which during that era consisted predominantly of male architects, her style is ever evolving but her curves and sharp planes, her futuristic designs have earned her the title of ‘Queen of the Curve’. Soaring architectural wonders, smooth minimalistic designs in sterile white, magnificent structures which employ natural light to open up the space, she has had her hand in it and they stand proud, a testimony to her brilliant mind and talent, her legacy to the world.
Take a look into her Outstanding buildings all over the world.