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Zaha Hadid, First Woman to Win a Pritzker

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Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid

Press Photo by Steve Double, courtesy of Michigan State University
Born in Baghdad, Iraq in 1950, Zaha Hadid was the first woman to win a Pritzker Architecture Prize. Her work experiments with new spatial concepts and encompasses all fields of design, ranging from urban spaces to products and furniture.

Born:

October 31, 1950 in Baghdad, Iraq

Education:

  • 1977: Diploma Prize, Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture in London
  • Studied mathematics at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon prior to moving to London in 1972

Selected Projects:

Other Works:

Zaha Hadid is also known for her exhibition designs, stage sets, furniture, paintings, and drawings.

Partnerships:

"Working with senior office partner, Patrik Schumacher, Hadid's interest lies in the rigorous interface between architecture, landscape, and geology as her practice integrates natural topography and human-made systems, leading to experimentation with cutting-edge technologies. Such a process often results in unexpected and dynamic architectural forms."— Resnicow Schroeder biography, 2012 press release (PDF) accessed November 16, 2012

Major Awards and Honors:

  • 1982: Gold Medal Architectural Design, British Architecture for 59 Eaton Place, London
  • 2000: Honourable Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters
  • 2002: Commander of the British Empire
  • 2004: Pritzker Architecture Prize
  • 2010, 2011: Stirling Prize, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
  • 2012: Order of the British Empire, Dames Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for services to Architecture

About Zaha Hadid:

From parking garages and ski-jumps to vast urban landscapes, Zaha Hadid's works have been called bold, unconventional, and theatrical. Zaha Hadid studied and worked under Rem Koolhaas, and like Koolhaas, she often brings a deconstructivist approach to her designs.

Zaha Hadid was the first woman to win a Pritzker Architecture Prize. Learn more: Citation from the Pritzker Prize Jury.

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