Architect Dame Zaha Hadid Dies

Iraqi-born Architect Dame Zaha Hadid has died, aged 65.

BBC News reports that she died following a heart attack on Thursday in a Miami hospital, where she was being treated for bronchitis.

Among her many awards, she received the Pritzker Architecture Prize (considered the Nobel Prize of architecture) in 2004, and was the first woman to receive the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Gold Medal.

Born in Baghad, she studied maths at the American University of Beirut, before embarking on her career at the Architectural Association in London, and setting up her own company — Zaha Hadid Architects — in 1979.

Her most notable designs include Guangzhou Opera House, ROCA London Gallery, and the Heydar Aliyev Centre in Baku.

In her native Iraq, she was contracted to design the new headquarters for the Central Bank, and the new parliament building.

3 Responses to Architect Dame Zaha Hadid Dies

  1. Ibn Al Irq April 3, 2016 at 10:01 pm #

    Dear Sirs,

    Why great people leave us early!

    May God bless her soul

    We will mis you Dame Zaha Hadid

    I wonder if she would have been recognized and appreciated had she lived in Iraq!

    Thanks