Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid, known as one of the worlds most prolific architects, was born in Baghdad Iraq in 1950.

She studied Architecture at the Architectural Association in London and upon graduation in 1977, she joined the Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA).

Known as an architect who consistently pushed 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. 

Painting and drawing, especially in her early period, are important techniques of investigation for her design work. Her architecture has been shown in exhibitions worldwide and many of her works are held in important museum collections.

In the absence of built work, Hadid established her reputation through her drawings, paintings, and by teaching architecture internationally at schools including the Architectural Association, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge University, and Columbia University. She also dabbled in furniture, interior, and set design.

"We called her the inventor of the 89 degrees. Nothing was ever at 90 degrees. She had spectacular vision. All the buildings were exploding into tiny little pieces."

She passed away in 2016.