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Friday, April 22, 2011

Architect Zaha Hadid named 37th most powerful Arab woman

Congratulations to brilliant, visionary Iraqi / UK architect Zaha Hadid for being named by Arabian Business magazine as the 37th Most Powerful Woman in the Arab world! Her work is exemplary and emblematic of the very best of Twenty-first Century architecture.

Visionary Iraq-born UK architect Zaha Hadid a bold innovator


Despite winning many international competitions, a number of Zaha Hadid’s winning designs were initially never built: notably, The Peak Club in Hong Kong (1983) and the Cardiff Bay Opera House in Wales (1994).

In 2002, the Iraqi Hadid won the international design competition to design Singapore’s one-north master plan. In 2004, Hadid became the first female recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, architecture’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize. She is a member of the editorial board of the Encyclopedia Britannica. In 2005, her design won the competition for the new city casino of Basel, Switzerland.

In 2006, Hadid was honoured with a retrospective spanning her entire work at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. The same year she also received an Honorary Degree from the American University of Beirut.

Zaha Hadid info from wikipedia:

Hadid was born in 1950 in Baghdad, Iraq. She received a degree in mathematics from the American University of Beirut before moving to study at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London.

After graduating she worked with her former teachers, Rem Koolhaas and Elia Zenghelis at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, becoming a partner in 1977. It was with Koolhaas that she met the engineer Peter Rice who gave her support and encouragement early on, at a time when her work seemed difficult to build.

In 1980 she established her own London-based practice. During the 1980s she also taught at the Architectural Association. She has also taught at prestigious institutions around the world; she held the Kenzo Tange Chair at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, the Sullivan Chair at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Architecture, guest professorships at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg, the Knowlton School of Architecture, at The Ohio State University, the Masters Studio at Columbia University, New York and the Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor of Architectural Design at the Yale School of Architecture in New Haven, Connecticut.

In addition, she was made Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. She has been on the Board of Trustees of The Architecture Foundation. She is currently Professor at the University of Applied Arts Vienna in Austria.

A winner of many international competitions, theoretically influential and groundbreaking, a number of Hadid's winning designs were initially never built: notably, The Peak Club in Hong Kong (1983) and the Cardiff Bay Opera House in Wales (1994). In 2002 Hadid won the international design competition to design Singapore's one-north masterplan. In 2005, her design won the competition for the new city casino of Basel, Switzerland. In 2004 Hadid became the first female recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, architecture's equivalent of the Nobel Prize. Previously, she had been awarded a CBE for services to architecture. She is a member of the editorial board of the Encyclopædia Britannica. In 2006, Hadid was honored with a retrospective spanning her entire work at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. In that year she also received an Honorary Degree from the American University of Beirut.

Zaha Hadid's architectural design firm - Zaha Hadid Architects - is over 350 people strong, headquartered in a Victorian former school building in Clerkenwell, London.

In 2008, she ranked 69th on the Forbes list of "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women". On 2 January 2009, she was the guest editor of the BBC's flagship morning radio news programme, Today.

In 2010 she was named by Time magazine as influential thinker in the 2010 TIME 100 issue. In September 2010, The British magazine New Statesman listed Zaha Hadid at number 42 in their annual survey of "The World's 50 Most Influential Figures 2010".

She won the 2010 Stirling Prize for one of her most celebrated work, the Maxxi in Rome.

Hadid is the designer of the Dongdaemun Design Plaza & Park in Seoul, South Korea, which is expected to be the centerpiece of the festivities for the city's designation as World Design Capital 2010. The complex is scheduled to be completed in 2011.

Non-architectural work

She has also undertaken some high-profile interior work, including the Mind Zone and Feet zone at the Millennium Dome in London and the Z.CAR hydrogen-powered, three-wheeled automobile. In 2009, she worked with the clothing brand Lacoste, to create a new, high fashion, and advanced boot. In the same year, she also collaborated with the brassware manufacturer Triflow Concepts to produce two new designs in her signature parametric architectural style. Her unique contributions to brassware design and other fields continue to push the boundaries of innovation.
In 2007, Zaha Hadid designed the Moon System Sofa for leading Italian furniture manufacturer B&B Italia.


24 Cathcart Rd London UK 1986
Monsoon Restaurant (Interior) Sapporo Japan 1990
Vitra Fire Station Weil am Rhein Germany 1994
IBA Housing Berlin Germany 1993
Blueprint Pavilion, Interbuild 95 Birmingham UK 1995
Land Formation-One Weil am Rhein Germany 1999
‘Mind Zone’ Millennium Dome, London UK 1999
Car Park & Terminus Hoenheim-Nord Strasbourg France 2001
Bergisel Ski Jump Innsbruck Austria 2002
Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art Cincinnati USA 2003
BMW Central Building Leipzig Germany 2005
Phaeno Science Center Wolfsburg Germany 2005
Hotel Puerta America (Interior) Madrid Spain 2005
Ordrupgaard Museum Extension Copenhagen Denmark 2005
Spittelau Viaducts Housing Vienna Austria 2006
Maggie’s Centre FIFE Kirkcaldy UK 2006
R. Lopez de Heredia Wine Pavilion Haro Spain 2006
Nordpark Railway Stations Innsbruck Austria 2007
Chanel Mobile Art Pavilion Hong Kong, Tokyo, New York, Paris 2008-2010
Zaragoza Bridge Pavilion Zaragoza Spain 2008
Neil Barrett Flagship Store Tokyo Japan 2008
Home House Club (Interior) London UK 2008
JS Bach Chamber Music Hall Manchester UK 2009
Burnham Pavilion Chicago USA 2009
MAXXI: Museum of XXI Century Arts Rome Italy 2009
Egypt Pavilion Shanghai World Expo Shanghai China 2010
Evelyn Grace Academy London UK 2010
Sheik Zayed Bridge Abu Dhabi UAE 2010
Guangzhou Opera House Guangzhou China 2010


CMA CGM Headquaters Marseille France 2011
Glasgow Riverside Museum of Transport Glasgow UK 2011
London Aquatics Centre London UK 2011
Pierres Vives Montpellier France 2011
Dongdaemun Design Park & Plaza Seoul South Korea 2011
Next Gene Architecture Museum Taipei Taiwan 2011
Edifici Torre Espiral Barcelona Spain 2012
Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum East Lansing USA 2012
Napoli-Afragola High Speed Train Station Naples Italy 2012
Library & Learning Centre Vienna Austria 2012
Citylife Milano Milan Italy 2012
Jesolo Magica – Hotel & Retail Centre Jesolo Italy 2014
One-North Masterplan Singapore Singapore 2021
Innovation Tower, Hong Kong Polytechnic University Hong Kong China TBC
The Opus Dubai UAE TBC
Salerno Maritime Terminal Salerno Italy TBC
Issam Fares Institute, The American University of Beirut Beirut Lebanon TBC
Kartal Pendik Masterplan Istanbul Turkey TBC
Stone Towers Cairo Egypt TBC
Zorrozaurre Masterplan Bilbao Spain TBC
New Eusko Tren Central Headquarters Durango Spain TBC
33–35 Hoxton Square London UK TBC
Cairo Expo City Cairo Egypt TBC
D-Villa Turks and Caicos Islands Caribbean TBC
Atelier Notify Paris France TBC
Capital Hill Residence Moscow Russia TBC
Zhivopisnaya Tower Moscow Russia TBC
Olabeaga Masterplan Bilbao Spain TBC
King Abdullah II House of Culture & Art Amman Jordan TBC
Eleftheria Square Nicosia Cyprus TBC
E.on Energy Research Centre Aachen Germany TBC
Museum of Contemporary Art Al-Muharraq Bahrain TBC
Nuragic and Contemporary Art Museum Cagliari Italy TBC
Abu Dhabi Performing Arts Centre Abu Dhabi UAE TBC
Signature Towers Dubai UAE TBC
California Residence California USA TBC
Galaxy Soho Beijing China TBC
Nile Tower Cairo Egypt TBC
Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center Baku Azerbaijan TBC
Madrid Civil Courts of Justice Madrid Spain TBC
Regium Waterfront Reggio Calabria Italy TBC
Vilnius Museum & Cultural Centre Vilnius Lithuania TBC
Symbiotic Villa Taipei Taiwan TBC
Port House Antwerp Belgium TBC
Lilium Tower Warsaw Poland TBC
Nassim Road Villas Singapore Singapore TBC
d’Leedon Singapore Singapore TBC
Middle East Centre, St Antony’s College Oxford UK TBC
Kusnacht Villas Zürich Switzerland TBC
BBK Bank Headquarters, Bilbao Spain TBC
Rabat Grand Theatre Rabat Morocco TBC
Hongqiao Soho Shanghai China TBC

Zaha Hadid Architects, 2011

Zaha Hadid, founding partner of Zaha Hadid Architects, was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004 and is internationally known for her built, theoretical and academic work. Each of her dynamic and innovative projects builds on over thirty years of revolutionary experimentation and research in the interrelated fields of urbanism, architecture and design.

Working with senior office partner Patrik Schumacher, Hadid’s interest is in the rigorous interface between architecture, landscape, and geology as the practice integrates natural topography and human-made systems that lead to experimentation with cutting-edge technologies. Such a process often results in unexpected and dynamic architectural forms.

The MAXXI: National Museum of 21st Century Art in Rome, BMW Central Building in Leipzig and Phaeno Science Center in Wolfsburg are excellent demonstrations of the practice’s quest for complex, dynamic space. Previous seminal buildings, such as the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati and Hoenheim-Nord Terminus in Strasbourg have also been hailed as architecture that transforms our vision of the future with new spatial concepts and bold, visionary forms.

Currently, the practice is working on a multitude of projects including; the Fiera di Milano master-plan and tower, the Aquatics Centre for the London 2012 Olympic Games, High-Speed Train Stations in Naples and Durango, the CMA CGM Head Office tower in Marseille and urban master-plans in Beijing, Bilbao, Istanbul, Singapore and the Middle East.

Zaha Hadid Architects continues to be a global leader in pioneering research and design investigation. Collaborations with artists, designers, engineers and clients that lead their industries have advanced the practice’s diversity and knowledge, whilst the implementation of state-of-the-art technologies have aided the realization of fluid, dynamic and therefore complex architectural structures.

Zaha Hadid’s work was the subject of a critically-acclaimed retrospective exhibition at New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 2006 and showcased at London’s Design Museum in 2007. Hadid’s recently completed projects include the Nordpark Railway stations in Innsbruck, Mobile Art for Chanel in Hong Kong, Tokyo and New York, the Zaragoza Bridge Pavilion in Spain and the Burnham Pavilion in Chicago.

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