Artists & Designers

Zaha Hadid (1950-2016)

Born in Iraq, Zaha Hadid graduated with a degree in Mathematics from American University in Beirut and studied architecture at the Architectural Association, London before joining the Office of Metropolitan Architecture. More recently, she held the Kenzo Tange Chair at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, the Sullivan Chair at the University of Illinois School of Architecture in Chicago, and served as the Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor of Architectural Design at Yale University. She was serving as Professor at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna upon her sudden death in 2016. The first woman to be awarded the distinguished Pritzker Architecture Prize (2004), she tested the boundaries of architecture, urbanism, art, and design through her pioneering work. She is best known for dynamic curving forms in powerful, elongated structures.

Her realized projects include the Vitra Fire Station and the LFone pavilion in Weil am Rhein, Germany (1993/1999); the Mind Zone at the Millennium Dome, Greenwich, London, UK (1999); a Tram Station and Car Park in Strasbourg, France (2001); a ski jump in Innsbruck, Austria (2002); the Contemporary Arts Centre, Cincinnati, US (2003) and the BMW Central Building, Leipzig, Germany (2005).

Adapted from

Kevin W. Tucker, DMA unpublished material, 2007.

Fun Facts

  • Known for swooping, avant-garde structures, Hadid was sometimes known as the "Queen of the Curve." Artists, designers, and architects alike mourned her sudden passing in 2016.

Web Resources

  • Zaha Hadid Architects
    Explore the ZHA website.
  • ZHA
    See images of the Vitra Fire Station, one of Hadid's first and best-known designs.
  • blouinartinfo
    Read about Zaha Hadid's lesser-known designs at Masterpiece London 2016, including a slide show with images.