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Arthitectural celebrates Zaha Hadid Anniversary

Architecture Arthitectural celebrates Zaha Hadid Anniversary

Happy birthday  Zaha Hadid!

Founder of Zaha Hadid Architects, this talented and amazing woman was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004 and is internationally known for both her theoretical and academic work. Each of her dynamic and innovative projects builds on over thirty years of revolutionary exploration and research in the interrelated fields of urbanism, architecture and design. Hadid’s interest lies in the rigorous interface between architecture, landscape and geology as her practice integrates natural topography and human-made systems, leading to experimentation with cutting-edge technologies. Such a process often results in unexpected and dynamic architectural forms.

Zaha Hadid Architects projects published on arthitectural can be found here

Zaha Hadid is an architect who consistently pushes the boundaries of architecture and urban design. She was born in 1950 in Baghdad, Iraq. The Iraq of her childhood was a liberal, secular, western-focused country with a fast-growing economy that flourished until the Ba’ath party took power in 1963, and where her bourgeois intellectual family played a leading role. Hadid’s father was a politician, economist and industrialist, a co-founder of the Iraqi National Democratic and a leader of the Iraqi Progressive Democratic Parties. After convent school in Baghdad and Switzerland, and a degree in mathematics at the American University in Beirut, Hadid enrolled at the Architectural Association in London in 1972.

Then she became a partner of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, taught at the AA with OMA collaborators Rem Koolhaas and Elia Zenghelis, and later led her own studio at the AA until 1987. Since then 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, Chicago; guest professorships at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg; the Knolton School of Architecture, Ohio and the Masters Studio at Columbia University, New York. In addition, she was made Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Fellow of the American Institute of Architecture and Commander of the British Empire, 2002. She is currently Professor at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria and was the Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor of Architectural Design at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.

She is currently Professor at the University of Applied Arts Vienna in Austria. Zaha Hadid’s architectural design firm – Zaha Hadid Architects – is over 350 people strong, headquartered in a Victorian former school building in Clerkenwell, London.

In 2002 Hadid won the international design competition to design Singapore’s one-north masterplan. In 2005, her design won the competition for the new city casino of Basel, Switzerland. In 2004 Hadid became the first female recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, architecture’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize. Previously, she had been awarded a CBE for services to architecture. She is a member of the editorial board of the Encyclopædia Britannica. In 2006, Hadid was honored with a retrospective spanning her entire work at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. In that year she also received an Honorary Degree from the American University of Beirut.

Zaha Hadid’s architectural design firm – Zaha Hadid Architects – is over 350 people strong, headquartered in a Victorian former school building in Clerkenwell, London.

In 2008, she ranked 69th on the Forbes list of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women”. On 2 January 2009, she was the guest editor of the BBC’s flagship morning radio news programme, Today.

In 2010 she was named by Time magazine as influential thinker in the 2010 TIME 100 issue. In September 2010, The British magazine New Statesman listed Zaha Hadid at number 42 in their annual survey of “The World’s 50 Most Influential Figures 2010“.

She won the Stirling Prize two years running: in 2010, for one of her most celebrated works, the Maxxi in Rome, and in 2011 for the Evelyn Grace Academy, a Z-shapes school in Brixton
Hadid is the designer of the Dongdaemun Design Plaza & Park in Seoul, South Korea, which is expected to be the centerpiece of the festivities for the city’s designation as World Design Capital 2010. The complex is scheduled to be completed in 2011.

Conceptual projects

• Price Tower extension hybrid project (2002), Bartlesville, Oklahoma – pending
• Guggenheim-Hermitage Vilnius, Vilnius, Lithuania, (2008-) – not realized
• Kartal-Pendik Waterfront Regeneration, Istanbul, Turkey
• Szervita square bubble office building Budapest, Hungary – not realized


• The Peak, Hong Kong (1983)
• Kurfürstendamm, Berlin (1986)
• Düsseldorf Art and Media Centre (1992/93)
• Cardiff Bay Opera House, Wales (1994)
• Thames Water/Royal Academy Habitable Bridge, London (1996)
• Rosenthal Centre for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati (1998)
• University of North London Holloway Road Bridge (1998)
• The National Centre of Contemporary Arts, Rome (1999)
• Bergisel Ski-jump, Innsbruck (1999)
• The Wolfsburg Science Centre (2000)
• The Maritime Ferry Terminal in Salerno, (2000)
• Placa de las Arts in Barcelona (2001)
• One-north Masterplan for Singapore’s Science Hub (2001)
• The Ordrupgaard Museum Extension in Copenhagen (2001)
• The BMW Central Plant Building in Leipzig (2002)
• The Price Tower Art Center, Bartlesville (2002)
• The Departement de l’Herault Culture Sport Building, Montpellier (2003)
• The new High Speed Rail Station Napoli-Afragola, Naples (2003)
• The Guangzhou Opera House, China (2003
• A masterplan for Beijing’s Soho City, China (2003)
• The New EuskoTren Headquarters in Durango (2004)
• An office tower and residential housing complex in Milan “Milano Fiera CityLife” (2004)
• The Memorial Walk “Boulevard der Stars” for the Berlin Film Academy, Berlin (2004)
• The new Riverside Transport Museum in Glasgow (2004)
• The new CMA CGM Headquarters in Marseille (2004)

Completed projects

Vitra Fire Station, Weil am Rhein, Germany (1994)
• Hoenheim-North Terminus & Car Park, Hoenheim, France (2001)
Bergisel Ski Jump, Innsbruck, Austria (2002)
Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati, Ohio (2003)
BMW Central Building, Leipzig, Germany (2005)
• Ordrupgaard annexe, Copenhagen, Denmark (2005)
Phaeno Science Center, Wolfsburg, Germany (2005)
Maggie’s Centres at the Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy, Scotland (2006)
• Tondonia Winery Pavilion, Haro, Spain (2001–2006)
• Eleftheria Square redesign, Nicosia, Cyprus (2007)
• Hungerburgbahn new stations, Innsbruck, Austria (2007)
Chanel Mobile Art Pavilion (Worldwide) Tokyo, Hong Kong, New York, London, Paris, Moscow, (2006–2008)
• Bridge Pavilion, Zaragoza, Spain (2008)
• J. S. Bach Pavilion, Manchester International Festival, Manchester, UK (2009)
• CMA CGM Tower, Marseille, France (2010)
• Pierres Vives, Montpellier, France, project architect: Stephane Hof (2002–2012)
MAXXI – National Museum of the 21st Century Arts (1998–2010), Rome, Italy. Stirling Prize 2010 winner
• Guangzhou Opera House, Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China (2010)
• London Aquatics Centre, 2012 Summer Olympics, London, UK (2011)
Riverside Museum development of Glasgow Transport Museum, Scotland (2007–2011)
Evelyn Grace Academy in Brixton, London, UK (2006–2010)


• The Vitra Fire Station and the LFone pavilion in Weil am Rhein, Germany (1993/1999)
• A housing project for IBA-Block 2 in Berlin, Germany (1993)
• 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)
• The BMW Central Building (2005) in Leipzig, Germany
The Hotel Puerta America interior in Madrid, Spain (2005) and the Ordrupgaard Museum Extension in Copenhagen, Denmark (2005)
• The Phaeno Science Center, Wolfsburg, Germany (2005), Lopez de Heredia Winery, Spain (2006)
• The Maggie’s Centre, Fife, Scotland (2006) and the Nordpark Cable Railway, Innsbruck, Austria (2007)
• New Maritime Terminal, Salerno, Italy (to be completed by 2011).
• Eli and Edythe Broad Museum, Michigan State University, (2008–12)
• Mandarin Oriental Dellis Cay, Villa D (2012) (private home under construction), Dellis Cay, Turks & Caicos Islands
• Napoli Afragola railway station, Italy (completion delayed to 2013)
• Citylife office tower (Storto) and residentials, Milan, Italy (to be completed by 2014)
• Nuragic and Contemporary art museum (2006) (on hold), Cagliari, Italy
• d’Leedon, Singapore (2011)
• d’Leedon, Azerbaijan.
• Dongdaemun Design Plaza & Park in Seoul, South Korea.

Exhibition designs are:

• Guggenheim Museum, New York (1978)
• Retrospective at the Architectural Association, London (1983)
• GA Gallery, Tokyo (1985)
• Deconstructivist Architecture show at MoMA, New York (1988)
• ‘The Great Utopia’, Guggenheim Museum, New York (1992)
• Graduate School of Design at Harvard University (1995)
• ‘WishMachine’ at the Vienna Kunsthalle (1996)
• Paper Art at the Leopold-Hoesch Museum, Düren (1996)
• San Francisco MoMA (1997)
• ‘Addressing the Century’ at the Hayward Gallery, London (1998)
• British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2000)
• Jewellery Exhibition, Zurich (2000)
• Kunstmuseum, Wolfsburg (2001)
• Centro nazionale per le arti contemporanee, Rome (2002)
• MAK – Museum für angewandte Kunst (Museum of Applied Arts) in Vienna (2003)
• 25 Years of Deutsche Bank Art at the Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin (2005)
• ‘Borderline Exhibition’ Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels (2000) and in the Salieri Suille Tracce di Mozart and the Palazzo Reale, Milan for the Da Ponte Institute (2005)
• ‘Elastika’ for Design 05, Art Basel, Miami (2005)
• Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2006)
• Ma10 Mx Protetch Gallery, Chelsea, NYC (2006)
• Tokyo Blossoms at The Haro Museum Installation, Tokyo (2006)
• The Wallpaper Magazine 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Milan (2006)
• Design Museum, London (2007)
• Ideal House, IMM Cologne Fair (2007).
• Zaha Hadid: Form in Motion at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (2011/2012)


• 59 Eaton Place, London -Gold Medal Architectural Design, British Architecture (1982)
• Honourable Member of the Bund Deutsches Architekten (1998)
• Honourable Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2000)
• Honorary Fellowship of the American Institute of Architects (2000)
• Mind Zone, Millennium Dome, London – RIBA Awards (2000)
• Car Park and Terminus Hoenheim North, Strasbourg – Equerre d’Argent special mention (2001)
• Car Park and Terminus Hoenheim North, Strasbourg – AIA UK Chapter Award (2002)
• One-north Master Plan, Singapore – AIA UK Chapter Honourable Mention (2002)
• Car Park and Terminus Hoenheim North, Strasbourg – Red Dot Award (2002)
• Bergisel Ski-Jump, Innsbruck – Austrian State Architecture Prize (2002)
• Bergisel Ski-Jump, Innsbruck -Tyrolean Architecture Award (2002)
• Commander of the British Empire, CBE (2002)
• Car Park and Terminus Hoenheim North, Strasbourg -Mies van der Rohe Award (2003)
• Architect of the year 2004, Blueprint Award
• Rosenthal Centre for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati – RIBA Worldwide Award (2004)
• Zaha Hadid, Laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize (2004)
• London Architect of the year, London Architectural Biennale (2004)
• Honorary Fellow of Columbia University, New York City (2005)
• Member of the Royal Academy of Arts, London (2005)
• RIBA Medal, European Commercial Building of the Year (BMW Central Building) (2005)
• Deutsche Architektur Prize, Building of the Year (BMW Central Building) (2005)
• Finalist for the RIBA Stirling Prize (BMW Central Building) (2005)
• Gold Medal for Design, International Olympic Committee (Bergisel Ski Jump) (2005)
• Austrian Decoration of Science and Art, Commissions of Science and Art, Austria (2005)
• Designer of the Year, Design 05 Art Basel Miami (2005)
• AIA UK Chapter Award (Phaeno Science Center) (2006)
• Honorary Doctorate, Yale University, USA (2006)
• RIBA Medal, European Cultural Building of the Year (Phaeno Science Center) (2006)
• Honorary Doctorate, American University of Beirut (2006)
• Finalist for the RIBA Stirling Prize (Phaeno Science Center) (2006)
• RIBA Jencks Award (2006)
• Academician, The International Academy of Architecture (2006)
• Leading European Architects Forum (LEAF) Award (Phaeno Science Center) (2006)
• AIA UK Chapter Award for Excellence (Maggie’s Centre Fife) (2007)
• Finalist for the Mies van der Rohe Award for European Architecture (Phaeno Science Center) (2007)
• Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture, USA (2007)
• Scottish Design Awards, Best Public Building Award (Maggie’s Centre, Fife) (2007)
• London Design Medal, Outstanding Contribution for Design (2007)
• RIBA European Award for Nordpark Cable Railway (2008)
• Praemium Imperiale (2009)
• RIBA European Award for MAXXI (2010)
• Stirling Prize for MAXXI – National Museum of the 21st Century Arts (2010)
• Stirling Prize for Evelyn Grace Academy, London (2011)

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