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|Born||Zaha Mohammad Hadid
31 October 1950
|Alma mater||American University of Beirut
Architectural Association School of Architecture
|Practice||Zaha Hadid Architects|
|Buildings||Maxxi, Bridge Pavilion, Maggie's Centre, Contemporary Arts Center|
Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid, DBE (Arabic: زها حديد Zahā Ḥadīd; born 31 October 1950) is an Iraqi-British architect. She received the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004—the first woman to do so—and the Stirling Prize in 2010 and 2011. Her buildings are distinctively futuristic, characterized by the "powerful, curving forms of her elongated structures" with "multiple perspective points and fragmented geometry to evoke the chaos of modern life".
Early life and education 
Zaha Hadid was born on 31 October 1950 in Baghdad, Iraq. She grew up in one of Baghdad's first Bauhaus-inspired buildings during an era in which "modernism connoted glamor and progressive thinking" in the Middle East.
She received a degree in mathematics from the American University of Beirut before moving to study at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, where she met Rem Koolhaas, Elia Zenghelis, and Bernard Tschumi. She worked for her former professors, Koolhaas and Zenghelis, at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, in Rotterdam, the Netherlands; she became a partner in 1977. Through her association with Koolhaas, she met Peter Rice, the engineer who gave her support and encouragement early on at a time when her work seemed difficult. In 1980, she established her own London-based practice. During the 1980s, she also taught at the Architectural Association.
Dame Zaha Hadid has taught at prestigious universities around the world, including at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where she was the Kenzo Tange Professorship and the Sullivan Chair at the University of Illinois at Chicago's School of Architecture. She also served as guest professor at the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg (HFBK Hamburg), the Knowlton School of Architecture at Ohio State University, the Masters Studio at Columbia University, and the Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor of Architectural Design at the Yale School of Architecture. From the year 2000 on Dame Zaha Hadid is a guest professor at The University of Applied Arts - Vienna, in the Zaha Hadid Master Class Vertical-Studio.
She was named an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. She has been on the Board of Trustees of The Architecture Foundation. She is currently Professor at the University of Applied Arts Vienna in Austria.
International recognition 
In 2002, she won the international design competition to design Singapore's one-north master plan. In 2005, her design won the competition for the new city casino of Basel, Switzerland.
In 2004, Hadid became the first female and first Muslim recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, architecture's equivalent of the Nobel Prize. She is a member of the editorial board of the Encyclopædia Britannica. In 2006, she was honoured with a retrospective spanning her entire work at the Guggenheim Museum in New York; that year she also received an Honorary Degree from the American University of Beirut. Her architectural design firm, Zaha Hadid Architects, employs more than 350 people, and is headquartered in a Victorian former school building in Clerkenwell, London.
In 2010, she was named by Time as an influential thinker in the 2010 TIME 100 issue. In September 2010, The British magazine New Statesman listed Zaha Hadid at number 42 in their annual survey of "The World's 50 Most Influential Figures 2010". She was listed as one of the fifty best-dressed over 50s by the Guardian in March 2013. 
Hadid is the designer of the Dongdaemun Design Plaza & Park in Seoul, South Korea, which is expected to be the centerpiece of the festivities for the city's designation as World Design Capital 2010. The complex is scheduled to be completed in 2014.
Hadid was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2002 and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2012 Birthday Honours for services to architecture.
Interior architecture and product design 
She has also undertaken some high-profile interior work, including the Mind Zone and Feet zone at the Millennium Dome in London as well as creating fluid furniture installations within the Georgian surroundings of Home House private members club in Marylebone, 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 the same year, she also collaborated with the brassware manufacturer Triflow Concepts to produce two new designs in her signature parametric architectural style.
Architectural work 
Conceptual projects 
- Cardiff Bay Opera House (1995), Cardiff, Wales - not realised
- Price Tower extension hybrid project (2002), Bartlesville, Oklahoma – pending
Completed projects 
- Vitra Fire Station (1994), Weil am Rhein, Germany
- Bergisel Ski Jump (2002), Innsbruck, Austria
- Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art (2003), Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
- Hotel Puerta America (2003-2005), Madrid, Spain
- BMW Central Building (2005), Leipzig, Germany
- Ordrupgaard annexe (2005), Copenhagen, Denmark
- Phaeno Science Center (2005), Wolfsburg, Germany
- Maggie's Centres at the Victoria Hospital (2006), Kirkcaldy, Scotland
- Hungerburgbahn new stations (2007), Innsbruck, Austria
- Chanel Mobile Art Pavilion (Worldwide) Tokyo, Hong Kong, New York, London, Paris, Moscow, (2006–08)
- Bridge Pavilion (2008), Zaragoza, Spain
- Pierresvives (2002–12), Montpellier, France, project architect: Stephane Hof
- MAXXI - National Museum of the 21st Century Arts (1998–2010), Rome, Italy. Stirling Prize 2010 winner.
- Guangzhou Opera House (2010), Guangzhou, People's Republic of China.
- London Aquatics Centre (2011), 2012 Summer Olympics, London, UK.
- Riverside Museum (2007–11) development of Glasgow Transport Museum, Scotland
- CMA CGM Tower (2004–11), Marseilles, France
- Evelyn Grace Academy (2006–10) in Brixton, London, UK. Stirling Prize 2011 winner.
- Roca London Gallery (2009–11) in Chelsea Harbour, London, UK.
- Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre (2007–12) in Baku, Azerbaijan.
- Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum (2010–12), East Lansing, Michigan, USA
Ongoing projects 
- King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center - KAPSARC, Designer and main consultant, (under construction), Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
- Mandarin Oriental Dellis Cay, Villa D (2012) (private home under construction), Dellis Cay, Turks & Caicos Islands
- Napoli Afragola railway station, Italy (completion delayed to 2013)
- Citylife office tower (Storto) and residentials, Milan, Italy (to be completed by 2014)
- Nuragic and Contemporary art museum (2006) (on hold), Cagliari, Italy
- d'Leedon, Singapore (2011)
- Dongdaemun Design Plaza & Park in Seoul, South Korea.
- Galaxy Soho in Beijing, China.
- New Century City Art Center, Chengdu, China.
- King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, Riyadh.
In 2010, Hadid has been commissioned by the Iraqi government to design the new building for the Central Bank of Iraq. This will be her first project in her native Iraq. Other work includes Pierres Vives, the new departmental records building (to host three institutions, namely, the archive, the library and the sports department), for French department Hérault, in Montpellier.
Hadid's project was named as the best for the Vilnius Guggenheim Hermitage Museum in 2008. She designed the Innovation Tower for Hong Kong Polytechnic University, scheduled for completion in 2013, and the Chanel Mobile Art Pavilion that was displayed in Hong Kong in 2008. She completed a new building for Evelyn Grace Academy in London in 2010.
- 1978 – Guggenheim Museum, New York
- 1983 – Retrospective at the Architectural Association, London
- 1985 – GA Gallery, Tokyo
- 1988 – Deconstructivist Architecture show at MoMA, New York
- 1995 – Graduate School of Design at Harvard University
- 1997 – San Francisco MoMA
- 2000 – British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale
- 2001 – Kunstmuseum, Wolfsburg
- 2002 – (10 May – 11 August) Centro nazionale per le arti contemporanee, Rome
- 2003 – (4 May – 17 August) – MAK – Museum für angewandte Kunst (Museum of Applied Arts) in Vienna
- 2006 – (3 June – 25 October) – Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
- 2006 – (1 June – 29 July) – Ma10 Mx Protetch Gallery, Chelsea, NYC
- 2007 – (29 June – 25 November) – Design Museum, London
- 2011/2012 – (20 September 2011 – 25 March 2012) – Zaha Hadid: Form in Motion at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Films and Videos 
- A Day with Zaha Hadid 2004, 52 minutes, colour. New York: Michael Blackwood Productions.
2008: She Created EGA Evelyn And Grace Academy
- 1982: Gold Medal Architectural Design, British Architecture for 59 Eaton Place, London
- 1994: Erich Schelling Architecture Award
- 2001: Equerre d'argent Prize, special mention
- 2002: Austrian State Prize for Architecture for Bergiselschanze
- 2003: European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture for the Strasbourg tramway terminus and car park at Hoenheim in Strasbourg, France
- 2003: Commander of the Civil Division of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) For services to Architecture
- 2004: Pritzker Prize
- 2005: Austrian Decoration for Science and Art
- 2005: German Architecture Prize for the central building of the BMW plant in Leipzig
- 2005: Designer of the Year Award for Design Miami
- 2005: RIBA European Award for BMW Central Building
- 2006: RIBA European Award for Phaeno Science Centre
- 2007: Thomas Jefferson Medal in Architecture
- 2008: RIBA European Award for Nordpark Cable Railway
- 2009: Praemium Imperiale
- 2010: RIBA European Award for MAXXI
- 2010: Stirling Prize for MAXXI – National Museum of the 21st Century Arts
- 2011: Stirling Prize for Evelyn Grace Academy, London
- 2012: Dame Commander of the Civil Division of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) For services to Architecture
- 2013: 41st Winner of the Veuve Clicquot UK Business Woman Award
In October 2011, Zaha Hadid was on the jury for the award of the Pritzker Prize in Wang Shu.
See also 
- "Zaha Hadid". Times Topics. The New York Times.
- "Zaha Hadid (19 June–25 November 2007)". Design Museum.
- "I don't do nice". Jonathan Glancey. The Guardian. 9 October 2006. Retrieved 17 April 2012.“Strictly speaking, she is a Muslim”
- Forbes: The World's 100 Most Powerful Women
- "Guest editor: Zaha Hadid". BBC. 27 December 2008. Retrieved 17 January 2009.
- "Time 100 – Thinkers : Zaha Hadid"
- "42. Zaha Hadid – 50 People Who Matter 2010". New Statesman. UK. Retrieved 12 October 2010.
- "The 50 best-dressed over 50s". The Guardian.
- The London Gazette: . 16 June 2012.
- "Maxxi_Museo Nazionale Delle Arti Del Xxi Secolo". Darc.beniculturali.it. Retrieved 17 January 2009.
- "Photo from Reuters Pictures". Reuters Daylife. Retrieved 17 January 2009.[dead link]
- Howell, Brandon (November 13, 2012). "Broad Art Museum draws thousands to Michigan State during opening weekend; $40 million fundraising goal met". MLive Lansing (East Lansing).
- Afragola station delayed (156). Today's Railways Europe. December 2008. p. 52.
- http://wdc2010.seoul.go.kr/eng/with/busi_ddp.jsp (English)
- Nayeri, Farah (27 August 2010). "Zaha Hadid to Design New Iraqi Central Bank After June Attack". Bloomberg L.P.
- "Pierres Vives" (in French). Retrieved 11 March 2009.
- Bonnie Chen In the frame 25 May 2009 The Standard
- PolyU appoints Zaha Hadid as Architect of Innovation Tower 12 December 2007 Hong Kong Polytechnic University
- Hadid goes back to Hong Kong Zaha Hadid's Innovation Tower in Hong Kong Friday 14 December 2007 World Architecture News.com
- Evelyn Grace Academy: Buildings & facilities
- "D A R C – Zaha Hadid". Darc.beniculturali.it. Retrieved 17 January 2009. (English) (Italian)
- http://prix.groupemoniteur.fr/equerre_d_argent (French)
- "Reply to a parliamentary question" (pdf) (in German). p. 1713. Retrieved 29 November 2012.
- "RIBA Awards". e-architects. Retrieved 21 September 2009.
- "RIBA European Awards". RIBA. Retrieved 21 September 2009.
- "2010: RIBA Award Winners Announced". Bustler. Retrieved 28 May 2010.
- Heathcote, Edwin (3 October 2010). "Hadid finally wins Stirling Prize". Financial Times. Retrieved 3 October 2010.
- "Evelyn Grace Academy wins Stirling Prize". BBC News. 2 October 2011.
- "THE LONDON GAZETTE, SUPPLEMENT No. 1". 16 June 2012. p. 521. Retrieved 29 November 2012.
- "Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award". 22 April 2013. Retrieved 29/04/2013.
- BBC Radio 4, Woman's Hour Power list
Further reading 
- Higgins, Charlotte (1 July 2009). "Zaha Hadid's Bach salon". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 4 July 2009.
- Morrison, Richard (27 June 2007). "For ever thinking outside the boxy". The Times (London). Retrieved 22 September 2007.
- Seabrook, John. “The Abstractionist – Zaha Hadid‘s Unfettered Invention”. The New Yorker, 21 and 28 December 2009. Pages 112 to 124.
- Sulaiman, Tosin (1 December 2005). "Architect who has built a reputation for controversy". The Times (London). Retrieved 22 September 2007.[dead link]
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