Zaha Hadid – British Architect

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Zaha Hadid was called as Queen of the Curve across the globe. She was one of the well known British architects. She had designed London Olympic Aquatic Center. It is one

of the best works among her architecture legacies. Zaha Hadid was an inspiration for Muslims as well as women who live over the world. She remains like Shining torch for future generation who dream to do something exceptional in structural design.

NameZaha Hadid
Date of BirthOctober 31, 1950
ParentsMohammed Hadid, Wajiha al-Sabunji
SiblingsHaithem Hadid, Fulath Hadid
EducationArchitectural Association School of Architecture,American University of Beirut
Net worth$ 215 Million

Childhood

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Zaha Hadid, full name Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid was born on 31st October, 1950. She took birth at Baghdad, Iraq. She belonged from an established Iraqi family. Muhammad al-Haji Husayn Hadid was her father, a well known and affluent Mousl based industrialist. Wajiha al-Sabunji was her mother, a renowned Mousl based artist. She had admitted to boarding schools in England and Switzerland in 1960s.

Early Life

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At American University of Beirut, Zaha completed her study of Mathematics. Then, she moved to London in 1972 for her further study. She took admission at Architectural Association School of Architecture.

At AASA she congregated with Rem Loolhaas, Elia Zenghelis and Bernard Tschumi. Later on, she had worked at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture and the Netherlands for her ex-professors, Koothaas and Zenghelis. She became partner of them in the year 1977.

Soon, she was introduced to Peter Rice via Koothaas. Peter Rice was an engineer and he encouraged as well as supported Zaha when she was going through hard time at the early of her career.

Zaha got the naturalized citizenship of UK.

Career As An Architect

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Zaha was not among the person who never tries to fight back against obstacles.  She fought against all unjust treatment as a woman and to fit into stereotype white men dominated profession. At last, she was succeeded to establish her as registered architects.

At the early stage of her carrier, she started her London based architecture practice from 1980. Since 1988, her work as well as reputation had started to enhance worldwide. Name and fame had entered into her life via the exhibition in Museum of Modern Art in New York. She had done an extraordinary architecture drawing on this exhibition and her work was named as “Deconstructivism in Architecture”.

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Zaha had separated architectural geometry with fluid formation of Multiple Perspective points including fragmented geometry. The world had seen many of her exceptional architectural works that remain like polestar till the last day of the civilization. Let us put a glimpse at some of her ground breaking architectural works,

  1. The Aquatic Center for London Olympics 2012
  2. The Board Art Museum in United States
  3. The Guangzhou Opera House in China
  4. Bergisei Ski Jump, Innsbruck, Austria in 2002
  5. BMW Central Building in Leipzing, Germany in 2005
  6. Bridge Pavilion in Zaragoza, Spain in 2008
  7. Vitra Fire Station, Well am Rhein, Germany in 1994
  8. Maggie’s Centre, Krikcaldy in 2006
  9. Contemporary Arts Center, Ohio, USA in
  10. Phaeno Science Center, Wolfsburg, Germany
  11. Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan
  12. Riverside Museum Glasgow

As Teacher

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Zaha Hadid served many years of her life as teacher. She taught at Harvard Graduate School of Design in middle of 1980s as Kenzo Tange Professor.

She was Sullivan Chair Professor at University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Architecture. Served as guest professor at Hochschule fur bildende Kunste Hamburg, Knowtton School of Architecture at Ohio State of university and more.

Since 2000, Zaha held the guest professorship at Institute of Architecture at University of Applied Arts Vienna.

She was honorary member of American Academy of Arts and Letters and Zaha was respected fellow of American Institute of Architects.

She was honorary board of trustees of Architecture Foundation.

As Interior Architect & Product Designer

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Zaha Hadid had tried her luck and labor in the interior designing industry. Her some of the exceptional interior designing works are seen in

  • Mind Zone at Millennium Dome, London.
  • Fuild Furniture installation in renowned club in Marylebone.

Dune Formations in 2007 & Liquid Glacial in 2013 were designed for David Gill Gallery by Zaha.

Moon System Sofa was one of Zaha’s exclusive works for B&B Italia, the renowned Italian furniture company.

Books

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She was not only a world renowned architect, designer and teacher but also well known as an author. Some of her genius paper works are,

Architecture of Zaha Hadid in photographs, Zaha Hadid: Testing the Boundaries, Zaha M. Hadid (1995), LF one (1999), Planetary Architecture Projects 77-81(1981),  Helene Binet: Seven Projects (Written with Daniel Libeskind in 2002), Lines Zaha Hadid (1993),  Zaha Hadid: Thirty Years of Architecture (2006, Pritzker Architecture Prize winning book), Lines (1992), Zaha Hadid Laboratory (Written with Raul A. Barreneche in 2002).

Achievement

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Zaha Hadid was the first woman who had been endowed with Pritzker Architecture Prize in the year 2004. She also got Stirling Prize consecutively in 2010 & 2011. She got the title of Dame Commander of the Order of British Empire in 2012. She was the first lady to receive RIBA Gold Medal in 2015 in her own right.

Personal Life

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Zaha Hadid was a royal spirit with golden heart. She had fought against injustice, prejudice and every bar that came in her way to success. She was unmarried.  Her only focus was her career. She died in the year 2016 on 31st March due to heart attack at her age 65 in Miami, Florida, US. She was suffering from bronchitis.

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