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The first woman to ever receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize and the Royal Institute of British Architects Gold Medal, Dame Zaha Hadid, died last Thursday in Miami. Hadid was born in Baghdad, Iraq, in 1950 and went on to study architecture at London’s Architectural Association in the early ’70s. After she completed her education she founded her own company, Zaha Hadid Architects, in 1979. She liberated architectural geometry with the creation of highly expressive, sweeping fluid forms of multiple perspective points and fragmented geometry that evoke the chaos and flux of modern life. A pioneer of parametricism, and an icon of neo-futurism, with a formidable personality, her acclaimed work and ground-breaking forms include the aquatic center for the London 2012 Olympics, the Broad Art Museum in the U.S., and the Guangzhou, China opera house.

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Heydar Aliyev Center (Baku - Azerbaijan)

Galaxy Soho (Beijing - China)

Known as an architect who consistently pushes the boundaries of architecture and urban design, her work experiments with new spatial concepts intensifying existing urban landscapes and encompassing all fields of design, from the urban scale to interiors and furniture. She is well-known for some of her seminal built works, such at the Vitra Fire Station (1993), Weil am Rhein, Germany, the Mind Zone at the Millennium Dome (1999) Greenwich, UK, a ski jump (2002) in Innsbruck, Austria and the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art (2003) in Cincinnati, Ohio. Parallel with her private practice, Hadid has continued to be involved in academics, holding chairs and guest professorships at Harvard University, Yale University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University, the University of Visual Arts in Hamburg and the University of Applied Arts in Vienna.

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Dominion Office Building (Moscow - Russia)

Dongdaemun Design Plaza (Seoul - South Korea)

 

Heydar Aliyev Center and Dominion Office Building photos: Hufton+Crow© - Galaxy Soho photos: Iwan Baan© - Dongdaemun Design Plaza photos: Virgile Simon Bertrand©