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Early life

The famous worldwide architect Zaha Hadid was born in Baghdad, Iraq, in 1950. She began her studies at the American University in Beirut, Lebanon, graduating in mathematics. In 1972 she went to London to study at the Architectural Association, where she learned and fell in love with progressive architectural.

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Zaha Hadid in Heydar Aliyev Cultural center in Baku nov 2013

Designs by Zaha Hadid

Hadid’s first major project was the Vitra Fire Station (1989–93) in Weil am Rhein, Germany. The project consists of a series of sharply angled planes where the structure resembles a bird in flight.

Vitra Fire Station, Germany. Source ArchDaily

Feminist pioneer by Zaha Hadid

Hadid solidified her reputation as an architect of built works in 2000, when she designed the new Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati, Ohio. The 85,000-square-foot museum, which opened in 2003, was the first American museum designed by a woman.

Hadid’s fluid, undulating design for the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan, won the London Design Museum’s Design of the Year in 2014 making her the first woman to earn that award.

Heydar Aliyev Center, Azerbaijan. Source: ArchDaily

Changing Miami’s landscape

In Miami, you can check her design at the One Thousand Museum. The 62-story building is her first residential tower in the Western Hemisphere and one of Miami’s tallest building so far (the project was one of the final projects designed by Hadid in her lifetime). You can also check her famous installation Elastika which is located in the historic Moore building (1921). The piece aims to counterbalance the Art-Deco style of the place. The design resembles a chewing gum that connects different floors of the building.

Elastika, Miami. Source: Miami Design District

Zaha Hadid’s Legacy

Zaha Hadid passed away from a heart attack in 2016. Hadid left 36 unfinished projects, including the 2022 World Cup stadium in Qatar, the Antwerp Port House (2016), and the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (2017) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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