website: www.zaha-hadid.com

awards: 2004 Pritzker Prize, 2009 Praemium Imperiale, Praemium Imperiale, Pritzker Prize

Zaha Hadid was born October 31, 1950 in Baghdad, Iraq. 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. 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 Chicago School of Architecture, guest professorships at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg, the Knowlton School of Architecture, at The Ohio State University, the Masters Studio at Columbia University, New York and the Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor of Architectural Design at the Yale School of Architecture, New Haven, Connecticut. In addition, she was made Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. She is currently Professor at the University of Applied Arts Vienna 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 Kong (1983) and the Cardiff Bay Opera House in Wales (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 Basel, Switzerland. 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 York. In that year she also received an Honorary Degree from the American University of Beirut. Zaha Hadid's architectural design firm - Zaha Hadid Architects - is over 250 people strong, headquartered in London. Zaha Hadid's list of favorite/significant buildings (post 1980):
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Antwerp Port House

Antwerp Port House

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Location: Antwerp, Belgium
Architect/Designer: Zaha Hadid
Pierres Vives

Pierres Vives

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Location: Montpellier, France
Architect/Designer: Zaha Hadid
Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum

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Location: East Lansing, USA
Architect/Designer: Zaha Hadid
Galaxy Soho

Galaxy Soho

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Location: Beijing, China
Architect/Designer: Zaha Hadid
Sheikh Zayed Bridge

Sheikh Zayed Bridge

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Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Architect/Designer: Zaha Hadid

CMA Tower

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Location: Marseille, France
Architect/Designers: Zaha Hadid

Roca London Gallery

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Location: London, United Kingdom
Architect/Designers: Zaha Hadid
London 2012 Olympic Aquatic Centre

London 2012 Olympic Aquatic Centre

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Location: London, United Kingdom
Architect/Designer: Zaha Hadid

Vina Todonnia

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Location: La Rioja, Spain
Architect/Designers: Zaha Hadid

Evelyn Grace Academy

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Location: London, United Kingdom
Architect/Designers: Zaha Hadid

Guangzhou Opera House

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Location: Guangzhou, China
Architect/Designers: Zaha Hadid

Biopolis

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Location: Singapore, Singapore
Architect/Designers: Zaha Hadid

Neil Barrett Store

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Location: Tokyo, Japan
Architect/Designers: Zaha Hadid
MAXXI

MAXXI

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Location: Rome, Italy
Architect/Designer: Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid Burnham Pavilion

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Location: Chicago, USA
Architect/Designers: Zaha Hadid

Zaragoza Bridge Pavilion

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Location: Zaragoza, Spain
Architect/Designers: Zaha Hadid

Bach temporary chamber music hall

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Location: Manchester, United Kingdom
Architect/Designers: Zaha Hadid

Spittelau Social Housing

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Location: Vienna, Austria
Architect/Designers: Zaha Hadid

Maggie’s Centre Fifearc

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Location: Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
Architect/Designers: Zaha Hadid

Central Building – BMW Plant

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Location: Leipzig, Germany
Architect/Designers: Zaha Hadid

Contemporary Arts Center

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Location: Cincinnati, USA
Architect/Designers: Zaha Hadid

Bersigel Ski Jump Innsbruck

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Location: Innsbruck, Austria
Architect/Designers: Zaha Hadid

Nordpark Cable Railway

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Location: Innsbruck, Austria
Architect/Designers: Zaha Hadid

Vitra Fire Station

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Location: Weil am Rhein, Germany
Architect/Designers: Zaha Hadid

Ordrupgaard Museum Extension

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Location: Charlottenlund, Denmark
Architect/Designers: Zaha Hadid

CHANEL Mobile Art Container

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Location: Paris, France
Architect/Designers: Zaha Hadid