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Zaha Hadid ( ), CBE (born 31 October 1950) is a notable British Iraqi deconstructivist architect.


Zaha Hadid was born in 1950 in Baghdadmarker, Iraqmarker. She received a degree in mathematics from the American University of Beirutmarker before moving to study at the Architectural Association School of Architecturemarker in Londonmarker. After graduating she worked with her former teachers, Rem Koolhaas and Elia Zenghelis at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, becoming a partner in 1977. It was with Koolhaas that she met the engineer Peter Rice who gave her support and encouragement early on, at a time when her work seemed difficult to build. In 1980 she established her own London-based practice. During the 1980s she also taught at the Architectural Association. She has also 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 Chicagomarker School of Architecture, guest professorships at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg, the Knowlton School of Architecture, at The Ohio State Universitymarker, the Masters Studio at Columbia University, New York and the Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor of Architectural Design at the Yale School of Architecturemarker, New Haven, Connecticut. In addition, she was made Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architectsmarker. She has been on the Board of Trustees of The Architecture Foundation. She is currently Professor at the University of Applied Arts Viennamarker in Austria.

A winner of many international competitions, theoretically influential and groundbreaking, a number of Hadid's winning designs were initially never built: notably, The Peak Club in Hong Kongmarker (1983) and the Cardiff Bay Opera Housemarker in Walesmarker (1994). In 2002 Hadid won the international design competition to design Singapore's one-north masterplan. In 2005, her design won the competition for the new city casino of Baselmarker, Switzerlandmarker. In 2004 Hadid became the first female recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, architecture's equivalent of the Nobel Prize. Previously, she had been awarded an CBE for services to architecture. She is a member of the editorial board of the Encyclopædia Britannica. In 2006, Hadid was honored with a retrospective spanning her entire work at the Guggenheim Museum in New Yorkmarker. In that year she also received an Honorary Degree from the American University of Beirutmarker.

Zaha Hadid's architectural design firm - Zaha Hadid Architects - is over 250 people strong, headquartered in London.

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

Non-architectural work

She has also undertaken some high-profile interior work, including the Mind Zone at the Millennium Domemarker in London 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.

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

Architectural work

Conceptual projects

Completed projects

Ongoing and future projects

Other work includes the new departmental records building, Pierres vives, for Hérault in Montpelliermarker. Zaha Hadid's project was named as the best for the Vilnius Guggenheim Hermitage Museummarker in 2008. She designed the Innovation Tower for Hong Kong Polytechnic Universitymarker, scheduled for completion in 2011, and the Chanel Mobile Art Pavilion that was displayed in Hong Kong in 2008. She has been commissioned to design new buildings for Evelyn Grace Academymarker, Brixton.


Films and Videos

  • A Day with Zaha Hadid 2004, 52 minutes, colour. New York: Michael Blackwood Productions.


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