She is the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize. Her architecture has won many competitions and is now one of the most sought-after in the world. She has her place in architecture and product design, being named among the one hundred most powerful women in the world.

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Born in Baghdad on October 31, 1950, Zaha Hadid graduated in mathematics at the American University of Beirut. After that she moved to London and began her course at the Architectural Association School of Architecture.

Zaha Hadid was taught by Rem Koolhaas and Elia Zenghelis, teachers and architects from the OMA - Office for Metropolitan Architecture. After her graduation in 1977, she was invited to join the office of her former teachers.

During the 80s, in the same way as her teachers, she taught at the Architectural Association and many other schools all over the world such as Harvard and the likes.

Influences

Zaha was greatly influenced, during the course of architecture and after graduation, by architect Rem Koolhaas. He was also the one who presented Zaha to engineer Peter Rice, who played an important role early on in her career.

“I don't think that racism is as big a problem as the woman business. But I've never faced it in Europe”

Peter Rice encouraged and strengthened Zaha Hadid's concepts when her projects were seen with different eyes through the difficulty in their being built. She won many competitions, some not executed, but always generating controversy with her design solutions.

Works

She founded her own office in London in 1980. Her polemical works generate discussion around the world, but the fact is that her architecture is unique, which influences many young architects who follow the same chain. The truth is that her lines and concepts are clear and easy to identify in a split second.

In 2004, Zaha Hadid won the Pritzker Prize, becoming the first and only woman to receive the award. Last year, she was included in the Forbes list under "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women", justifying all the fame and commercial appeal that her name began to be producing for major companies in the world.

“ Architecture is really about well-being. I think that people want to feel good in a space... On the one hand it’s about shelter, but it’s also about pleasure. The intention is to really carve out of a city civic spaces and the more it is accessible to a much larger mass in public and it’s about people enjoying that space. That makes life that much better. If you think about housing, education, whether schools and hospitals, these are all very interesting projects because in the way you interpret this special experience. ”

Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Arts, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

LF One/Landesgartenschau, Weil am Rhein, Germany

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Ordrupgaard Museum Extension, Copenhagen, Denmark

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Groninger Forum

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Terminal Hoenheim-North, Strasbourg, France

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Nuragic and Contemporany Art Museum, Cagliari, Italy

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Vitra Fire Station, Weil am Rhein, Germany

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Bergisel Ski-Jump, Innsbruck, Austria

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

MAXXI: National Museum of XXI Century Arts, Rome, Italy

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Phaeno Science Center, Wolfsburg, Germany

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, London, England

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Maggie’s Centre, Fife, Scotland.

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

BMW Central Building, Leipzig, Germany

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Bridge Pavilion, Zaragoza, Spain

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

CMA CGM Tower, Marseille, France

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

High speed train station, Afragola, Italy

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Nordkettenbahn, Innsbruck, Austria

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Tondonia Winery Pavilion, Haro, Spain

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Chanel Mobile Art Pavilion, Worldwide

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Burnham Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

J. S. Bach Pavilion, Manchester, UK

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Guggenheim-Hermitage Vilnius, Vilnius, Lithuania

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

London Aquatics Centre, London, England

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Abu Dhabi Performing Arts Centre, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

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Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

Architect Day: Zaha Hadid

About the author of this post

My name is Marcelo Seferin, I’m an architect from Porto Alegre, Brazil and I’m the chief architect at Seferin Arquitetura, an office that works with architecture, interior design and sustainability projects.