Author(s): The Images Publishing Group
Zaha Hadid's creative genius captured the collective imagination, influencing designers to challenge the perceived limits of aesthetics and engineering. Her sudden death in 2016 shocked the global architectural community and the public alike, inspiring a commitment to uphold her passion to create unique, endearing built spaces. Zaha Hadid Architects maintains its commitment to her ideals of fluidity. With signature sophistication in the design, and superbly creative structures, Zaha Hadid led her firm to create transformative, cultural, corporate and residential spaces that entered into complete synchronicity with their surrounding environment. This exquisite book showcases and celebrates the intelligent design approach of the firm under the direction of its iconic leader. Projects featured include national museums, world-renowned auditoriums, multi-residential towers and commercial developments, including the MAXXI: Italian National Museum of XXI Century Arts in Rome, the London Aquatics Centre for the 2012 Olympic Games, and the Heydar Aliyev Centre in Baku.
Born in Iraq, Dame Zaha Hadid studied architecture in London and has since become one of the most highly renowned and revered female architects in the world. After founding Zaha Hadid Architects in 1979, Hadid continued to receive accolades for her highly sophisticated, signature projects, including the 2004 Pritzker Architecture Prize, the Stirling Prize in 2010 and 2011, and the 2016 Royal Gold Medal by the Royal Institute of British Architects. Hadid also held chairs and guest professorships at various universities worldwide, including Columbia, Harvard, Yale and the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Hadid's personal interest lay in the rigorous interface between architecture, urbanism, landscape and geology as her practice integrates natural topography and human-made systems, leading to innovation with new technologies. With almost 1000 projects across Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas, Hadid's outstanding contribution to the architectural profession continues to be acknowledged by the world's most respected institutions, having been recently included on Forbes' list of the "World's Most Powerful Women".