The World’s 100 Most Powerful Arab Women
Mon 03 Mar 2014 03:25 AM
Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid

Industry: Construction

Designation: Architect

Country: UK (Iraq)

Now 62, it’s been another busy year for the woman known as the ‘Starchitect’.

Dame Zaha Hadid unveiled plans for Qatar’s first World Cup stadium, Al Wakrah — to admittedly mixed reviews — and also announced that she was planning her first building for Dubai, the Opus Tower in the city’s Business Bay. It’s also been a good year financially with profits at the Zaha Hadid Group doubling to $6.9m, pushed higher by markets outside Europe.

Hadid is famous for consistently pushing the boundaries of modern architecture and urban design. The Iraqi-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.

Hadid, who studied at the American University of Beirut before moving to study at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, has designed a number of renowned buildings including Maggie’s Centre at the Victoria Hospital in Scotland. In 2010, her London-based firm was commissioned to design the new building for the Central Bank of Iraq, her first project in her native country.