By: Alicia Luthy
Hey everyone! This week we had our mid reviews for thesis. With that being said, it has been a long week. This week though the architecture scene lost a great woman and an inspiration to woman in architecture, Zaha Hadid. She was in a Miami hospital being treated for bronchitis and suffered from a heart attack. So for this week I decided to write about Zaha and some of her work.
Zaha was born on October 31, 1950 in Baghdad, Iraq. She studied mathematics at the American University of Beirut before moving to London to attend the Architectural Association School. She became a partner for Metropolitan Architecture. Zaha Hadid was the founder of her own firm Zaha Hadid architects where they have 950 projects, 44 different countries, 400 staff members, and work in 55 nations. Also, she has taught at many universities. In 2004, she received the Pritzer Architecture Prize and was awarded the Royal Gold Metal in 2016. She was the first woman to have ever won the Royal Gold Metal. The China International Exchange Committee for Tall Buildings selected two of Hadid’s designs for China’s best tall buildings. She was known as the “Queen of the Curve”. Some of her works include the Dubai Opera, Heydar Aliyev Center, Galaxy Soho, and the Al Wakrah Stadium. The Dubai Opera is a 2,000 seat, multi-format, performing art centre. It is styled on the classic wooden dhows that symbolize the Dubai Creek. The Al Wakrah has caused a lot on controversy and has yet to be built but we shall see what happens.
I will miss the work new works f Zaha Hadid but am happy we got to experience such a great architect. She has been an inspiration to me as a young woman pursuing architecture. I hope her legacies live on through her firm and the designers who worked with her daily. RIP Zaha Hadid.