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.
Zaha Hadid’s first Dubai design will be built in Business Bay.