Designer Review: Zaha Hadid

Young aspiring architects look up to her, and female architects want to be like her. The industry calls her “The Queen of the Curve”. She is known for her unapologetic, flamboyant, feminine, and logic-defying structures that make people either love or hate her.

Zaha Hadid had her degree in Mathematics at American University in Beirut before enrolling in the Architectural Association in 1972. Among her mentors were Rem Koolhaas, who described her as the inventor of the 89 degrees with designs seemingly not following the standard geometry and with a vision far bigger than anyone he had seen. She eventually worked for him in a short period before she established Zaha Hadid Architects in London in 1982.

Zaha Hadid in Heydar Aliyev Cultural center in Baku nov 2013
by Dmitry Ternovoy

Her futuristic style set her apart from other designers who were focused on Postmodernism. She eventually became a major figure on Deconstructivism, reinterpreting the style with curves and fluidity rather than angles and geometry. Her style also paved the way for establishing the full potential of Parametricism. In 2004, Zaha Hadid became the first woman to receive the Pritzker Prize for Architecture due to her academic contribution, commitment to Modernism, and inventive approach to Architecture.

She incorporated technology into her practice early on but she continued to paint and create physical models because she doesn’t want to be limited by it. Her continuous innovation in architecture is proof of her genius mind. She made a legacy on creating impossible spaces possible with radical solutions. Even after she died in 2016 her contributions continuously affect the evolution of the practice. Zaha Hadid is a queen, she is not just a female architect but a true Architect with a genius mind that knows no gender for achieving excellence

“Maxxi Museum” ,
Photo by Ricardo Gomez Angel on Unsplash

Bergisel Ski Jump“, Photo by Richard Wasenegger

Antwerp port house“,
by Bobo Boom,
Licensed under CC BY 2.0

Heydar Aliyev Center“,
by Asif Masimov,
Licensed under CC BY SA-4.0

Galaxy Soho
Soho Building“, by Zhang Yong,
Licensed under CC BY 30

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