Video: Zaha Hadid discusses Challenges in Architecture

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Zaha Hadid discusses the challenges she has faced throughout her life and career. She talks about the criticism that comes along with being an Arabic woman architect with “unconventional” designs and the unconditional support from her family. Hadid describes architecture as an exciting but painfully demanding field, stating, “All the arts are not respected enough.”

- Interview by: Nicholas Seeley and Sandra Hiari
- Video Production: Qais Elias
- Published by: JO Magazine - This was made possible by support from the Greater Amman Municipality and Amman Institute for Urban Development.
Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "Video: Zaha Hadid discusses Challenges in Architecture" 24 Nov 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 30 May 2015. <>
  • helen

    Fantastic to see an architect who is notorioulsy critiqued speak openly and articulatley about her work.

  • Jim

    What hardships???? She has been a prim donna from day one (your final show at Uni), now she has clients with limitless budgets queuing outside her door for work!

    • Jelena Knezevic

      how many architects have achieved that?

  • ViPRO

    Interviewer, the woman, please change your occupation, because you can not be precise in your mind and then your voice is not convenient. Maybe you can try too work in kindergarten or primary school.

  • John

    First time I’ve seen her talk… perhaps not quite as articulate as I was expecting but has obviously used her unstoppable talent and determination instead to find success. I wish there were more like you Zaha.