The Zaha Hadid Gallery on Architecture

Zaha Hadid Architects on the tech behind its iconic designs

Born Zaha Mohammad Hadid - 31 October 1950

Baghdad, Iraq

Died 31 March 2016 (aged 65) - Miami, Florida, U.S.

Nationality Iraq, United Kingdom

Alma mater American University of Beirut

Architectural Association School of Architecture

Occupation - Architect

Founder AA Dipl. RIBA, ARB, BDA, Hon.F.AIA 

Zaha Hadid's pioneering vision redefined architecture for the 21st century and captured imaginations across the globe. Each of her projects transformed notions of what can be achieved in concrete, steel, and glass; combining her unwavering optimism for the future and belief in the power of invention with advanced design, material, and construction innovations. 

Many architects are called on to create new projects that stand as symbols of social progress -but none delivered as regularly, as unexpectedly, and as spectacularly as Zaha Hadid. Her successes were so consistent, she received the highest honors from civic, academic, and professional institutions across the globe Her practice remains one of the world's most inventive architectural studios and has been for almost 40 years. 

Born in Baghdad, Iraq in 1950, Zaha Hadid studied mathematics at the American University of Beirut before moving to London in 1972 to attend the Architectural Association (AA)School where she received the Diploma Prize in 1977 Hadid taught at the AA School until 1987 and held numerous chairs and guest professorships at universities around the world including Columbia, Harvard Yale and the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. She founded Zana Hadid Architects in 1979 and was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize considered the Nobel Prize of architecture in 2004. 

Experiencing Hadid's architecture yields an understanding that the quest for beauty alone was not her modus operandi. Her buildings are Beautiful -and beauty may account for their seductive urban presence, for their hold on the eye -but the beauty and virtuosity within her work are married to meaning. Her architecture is invenüve original and civic offering generous public spaces that are organized and intuitive to navigate.

As they open, each of Hadid's buildings takes its place in architectural history for its virtuosic construction, its architectural ideology, and its sheer magnetic presence. Her designs are the embodiment of an enlighted philosophical framework and principled discipline.

Her clients commissioned buildings. and Hadid met the programs but she also exceeded each brief and delivered the shared aspirations of a new generation. Zaha Hadid's work was the subject of critically acclaimed exhibitions at New York's Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum In 2006. London's Design Museum In 2007, Saint Petersburg's State Hermitage Museum in 2015, and London's Serpentine Galleries in 201 Hadid's outstanding contributions to the architectural profession have been acknowledged by professional, academic, and civic institutions around the world Including the Forbes List of the Word's Most Powerful Women' and the Japan Art Association presenting her with the Praemium Imperiale. In 2010 and 2011, her designs were awarded the Sterling Prize, one of architecture's highest accolades by the Roya Institute of Bish Architects. Other awards include UNESCO naming Hadid as an 'Artist for Peace, the Republic of France honoring Hadid with the Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and TIME magazine included her in the 100 Most Influential People in the Wond naming her the world's top thinker of 2010 Zaha Hadid was made a Dame Commander of the order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth in 2012, and in February 2016, she received the Royal old Medal. 

Zaha Hadid passed away on the 31st of March 2016 

Top 5 Revolutionary Projects by Zaha Hadid Architects

 By Simona Ganea | Updated on May 14, 2022

Famous all around the globe for her futuristic and unique creations, Zaha Hadid is an exceptional architect whose name is recognized in all the corners of the earth. She is best known for the distinctive futuristic design of her buildings which synonym for modern architecture. Her practice is responsible for numerous amazing projects, most of which are revolutionary and extremely impressive.

1. The Qatar FIFA World Cup Stadium.

The design chosen for the project is inspired by a local fishing boat, with elongated lines and a curving silhouette. A key feature for the stadium will be a modular second tier made primarily of engineered timber which will be dismantled and shipped to various countries after the game.

2. The King Abdullah Financial District Metro Station.

Another impressive project which will soon become reality is the King Abdullah Financial District Metro Station. Located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the building will respond to the demands brought by the expanding population of the area. The station will have six platforms over 4 public floors as well as two levels of underground parking.

3. The Heydar Aliyev Center.

Located in Baku, Azerbaijan, the Heydar Aliyev Center occupies an area of 101801 square meters. It was designed to become the primary building for cultural programs in the country and it has a design very distinct from everything else.

The building breaks free from the rigid pattern of the Soviet architecture and embraces a more sensitive design with curving lines and a fluid structure.The design was also meant to blur the barriers between building and landscape. The project features a terraced structure with alternative and seamless connections between the public plaza, the building and the underground parking.

4. The One Thousand Museum Tower.

Located in downtown Miami, the tower is 215 meters high and it’s a very graceful skyscraper. The 60-story condominium has a prominent concrete exoskeleton and it comprises 83 condos ranging from 5400 to 11000 square feet.

5. The Serpentine Gallery.

This is the new extension to the Serpentine Gallery designed by Zaha Hadid. It features an undulating roof with lean lines and a delicate but strong structure. The extension houses a restaurant which curves out from one side.