Industry: Culture & Society
Country: UK (Iraq)
Known as the ‘Starchitect’, Zaha Hadid’s designs immediately lend superstar quality to any building project.
Last year, the Hadid-designed Aquatics Centre was rated by many as perhaps the most beautiful of all the buildings constructed to host London’s Olympic Games. The Iraq-born architect became the first woman to win the prestigious Pritzker Prize for Architecture in its 26-year history in 2004 and has won a string of other accolades since, including the Stirling prize for two years running and a prestigious architecture prize for the MAXXI National Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome. Right now, Hadid’s work is receiving rave reviews in China, where her Wangjing SOHO office and retail complex is set to open next year.
Hadid has designed a number of renowned buildings including Maggie’s Centre at the Victoria Hospital in Scotland and the Bridge Pavilion in Spain.
In 2010, her London-based architectural firm was commissioned to design the new building for the Central Bank of Iraq, her first project in her native country. Hadid is yet to visit the site, but the plans are still in place.