Zaha Hadid 1950-1965

Dame Zaha Hadid Passes at 65

Pritzker Prize winning architect, Dame Zaha Hadid passed away this morning in a Miami as a result of a heart attack. Dame Zaha Hadid was 65.

The Iraqi-born, British architect was known for radically pushing the boundaries of modern design and left her mark on the world with her unique and vibrant vision for the built environment. She was the first female and the first Muslim to be awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004. Hadid again became the first woman to win a major architectural prize earlier this year when she was awarded the 2016 RIBA Royal Gold Medal in recognition for her lifetime achievements in architecture.

Since establishing her own London-based architecture firm in 1979, Zaha Hadid has ascended into the stratosphere of the design world becoming known for her neofuturistic, iconic designs. Her innovative and dynamic design perspective can be seen in the nearly 1000 projects her firm has worked on leaving an indelible mark on urban landscapes across the globe.

A Hadid design is unmistakable.

The influential architect’s work went beyond her iconic structures, delving into projects focused on interiors, furniture, clothing, and product design. Zaha Hadid’s aesthetic has become a fixture and a dialect of its own in the modern design discussion.

Zaha Hadid taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) in addition to the University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Architecture. She has also lectured as a guest at HFBK Hamburg, Columbia University, and the Yale School of Architecture.

The seminal works of Zaha Hadid include the Vitra Fire Station (1993), the MAXXI: Italian National Museum of 21st Century Arts (2009), the London Aquatics Centre (2011), and the Haydar Aliyev Centre (2013) to new just a few.

You can read the full statement by Zaha Hadid Architects on the sudden passing of iconic designer HERE.