The world of architecture and the globe at large lost a star this week. Zaha Hadid died after a severe heart attack on Thursday morning in a Miami hospital. Where she was receiving medical attention for bronchitis.
Bewildered individuals and supporters sit in shock. All that’s left behind is memories showcasing by her work; from structure designs and furniture to the lasting effects of her activism. Additionally, many have responded via social media to show their admiration.
Not only was Hadid an incredible architect, but a role model for many women. She is fearless and a pioneer. Her work was both brave and unique. Even when the general public misunderstood her, she kept on going, creating beautiful works of art.
Hadid was born in late October of 1950 in Baghdad, Iraq. She is the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize and the Riba Gold Medal. Hadid attended the American University in Beirut, studying within the field of mathematics.
Later on, she moved to London in 1972 to attend the Architectural Association to study architecture. After her graduation, she joined the highly acclaimed Office of Metropolitan Architecture. Hadid began her practice in 1980 in London. She won the prestigious competition for the Hong Kong Peak Club in 1983. Retrospective exhibitions show her work worldwide, and many pieces of her work are part of important museum collections.
Some of her other notable projects include her 2009 MAXXI: Italian National Museum of the 21st Century Arts build in Rome. She designed the London Aquatic Center in 2011 for the Olympic Games. Her seminal build, the Vritra Fire Station, was created in 1993.
She’s knows to push the boundaries of architecture and urban designs. Hadid’s work incorporated new spatial ideas and escalated existing urban scenes. She dabbled in all fields of configuration, from the urban scale to indoors, to furniture.
Zaha Hadid lived an outstanding life, and her death has shown an outpouring of admiration. She will be remembering not only as one of Britain’s greatest architects, but also as one of the globe’s greatest innovators to live during the late 20th and early 21st century.