Spotlight: Zaha Hadid

  • 31 Oct 2014
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  • Architecture News mini
© Simone Cecchetti

Since winning the Pritzker Prize in 2004, the first woman and Muslim to do so, Hadid’s career has been on an exponential trajectory. Before the prize, Hadid was better known for her extraordinary sketch-paintings of unbuilt works; particularly, her competition-winning entries for “The Peak” in 1982 and the Cardiff Bay Opera House in 1994. Zaha’s “flying” forms were so revolutionary, that some questioned if they could even be made reality – hence why the Opera House was ultimately rejected, for supposed ”uncertainties.” Indeed, before 1994, the only built project she could boast was the complex, deconstructivist Vitra Fire Station.

© Wojtek Gurak

Of course, it’s Zaha that’s getting the last laugh. Her back-to-back Stirling Prizes for the MAXXI Museum in 2010 and the Evelyn Grace Academy in 2011 are only the tip of the iceberg. In the last four years, she’s churned out a bevy of critically-acclaimed projects, including: 2010′s Guangzhou Opera House (a direct descendent of the Cardiff Bay design, according to The Guardian‘s Jonathan Glancey); 2011′s London Aquatics Centre, easily the star of the 2012 Summer Olympics, and the Riverside Museum, winner of the European Museum Academy Micheletti Award 2012; 2012′s Galaxy Soho in Beijing, shortlisted for RIBA’s Lubetkin Prize; in 2013 alone, her firm’s first built tower, it’s second project on North American soil, the award winning Heydar Aliyev Center in Azerbaijan, and a somewhat controversial annex to The Serpentine Sackler Gallery; finally in 2014, the firm has already completed two significant university buildings, the Jockey Club Innovation Tower in Hong Kong and the Issam Fares Institutein Beirut, and the Dongdaemun Design Plaza, a large cultural complex in South Korea.

© Iwan Baan

And there’s much more in the works. In the next decade or so, we’ll be seeing high-profile works by Hadid across the globe: including the 2022 FIFA World Cup Stadium in Qatar; the 2020 Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Japan; an apartment block along New York City’s High Line; the Cambodian Genocide Institute; as well as projects in ItalySaudi Arabia, Changsha, Macau and Dubai.

Check out just some of Hadid’s many projects through the images below:

Cite: Quirk, Vanessa. "Spotlight: Zaha Hadid" 31 Oct 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 May 2015. <>
  • saeedeh

    happyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy birthday

  • Homa Souri


  • elham

    happy birth day zaha.your my sample in my life and work.

  • Agib Augustin

    Happy B-Day to you Zaha,an inspiration to future generation.

  • nangmoi

    happy brithday

  • ahmed


  • mozhde

    Hi PROFF
    I love you…So much are veryyyy nice…Happy birthday

  • xavier_chen

    secure a guy and get married sooner as possible,all the prizes means nothing than got a man~ just kidding~

  • fatima

    Joyeux anniversaire ,et continue à nous subjuguer avec tes merveilles.

  • enayate

    happy birthday<تولت مبارک )

  • Nawar Hasan

    Happy Birthday hope you more and more success we are proud to be iraqi

  • sebastian ariel

    feliz cumpleaños Zaha! happy birthday!



  • wikran chaikaew

    ขอให้มีความสุขคับ คุณ zaha hadid

  • kushtrim

    happpyyy birthdayy

  • kushtrim

    happpyyy birthdayy

  • priyanka

    I am ur great fan , and hapie b’day mam .

  • firas almajzoub

    كل عام وانتي بالف خير من كل قلبي و يلي شهرك يشهرني يا رب

  • Abdulrhman jamalallail

    كل عام وأنتي بخير وصحه وسلامه


    HAPPY BIRTHDAY(تولد مبارک)

  • Małgorzata

    Sorry,but I don’t like her like melted cheese projects.

  • sherine

    Happy birthday…zozo….zeze …zaza…

  • احمد ماهر

    كل عام وانت بصحة وسلامة ومن افضل لأفضل

  • Cristina

    Happy birthday SUPER ZAHA from Marbella. Málaga, Spain. Kisssssssss

  • Marina

    Parabéns Zaha Hadid!

  • Sundos Alshoubaki

    Wishing you a day that is as special in every way as you are. Happy Birthday !! :) <3

  • Marina

    Feliz Aniversário!!!

  • ershad

    Tavalodet mobarak queen of desgin

  • ershad

    Tavalodet mobarak queen of design

  • AMIR

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY (تولدت مبـــــارک)