Remembering Zaha Hadid

British Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid who known as a deconstructivist was born in Baghdad on October 31, 1950. Having established her own architectural office in 1980, Hadid signed many international projects, some of which are controversial, and gave lectures in various architecture schools. In 2004, she made her career as the first woman architect to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize. Hadid passed away in 2016.

Zaha Hadid, one of the prominent names of the international architecture community, studied in project studios with Elia Zenghelis and Rem Koolhaas at AA (Architectural Association) and then joined OMA in Rotterdam founded by Koolhaas. London-based Zaha Hadid Architects, which she founded with her partner Patrik Schumacher, “pursued a practice devoted to experimentation and technology integration in pursuit of architectural forms inspired by nature” and Hadid shared her expertise in this field with students in lectures in architecture departments of leading universities. MAXXI: Italian National Museum of 21st Century Arts (2009) and Baku Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center (2013) were among the most well-known works of her professional life, which were defined as ‘dynamic and fluid.’

Hadid also had a notable place receiving many award most of which she was awarded as the first female architect. Among these awards, she received the 2004 Pritzker Architecture Prize, 2 RIBA Stirling Awards, and the 2012 Praemium Imperiale awards. Hadid was also honored with the RIBA Royal Gold Medal in 2015. When she was awarded this award, Jane Duncan, RIBA President, stated that Hadid and her work were highly experimental, underlining the global respect for her.

Zaha Hadid was an international architect known to Istanbulites as well. Hadid’s Kartal Urban Transformation project was the winner of the competition opened by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Metropolitan Planning and Urban Design Center (IMP) in 2006 where she designed the Kartal-Pendik axis as one of the new centers of Istanbul in this project. Hadid also attended the World Architecture Congress held in Istanbul in 2005

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