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Fulath HadidHaithem Hadid
American University of Beirut1977 - Architectural Association School of Architecture
Baghdad
Female
Mohammed Hadid
$215 million
Scorpio
Baghdad
65
Miami, Florida, United States
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Who is Zaha Hadid?

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Zaha Hadid was an Iraqi-British architect who became the first Arab woman to receive the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize. Known for her highly expressive designs marked by sweeping fluid forms of multiple perspective points, she was considered a pioneer in contemporary avant-garde architecture styles. Internationally renowned for her experimental styles and innovative designs, she was the mastermind behind the designs of the aquatic center for the London 2012 Olympics and the Broad Art Museum in the U.S., among others. Born in Baghdad into a wealthy family, she received a luxurious upbringing and attended boarding schools in England and Switzerland. Even as a young girl there was no doubt in her mind that she would one day pursue a professional career. Intelligent and ambitious, she studied mathematics at the American University of Beirut before moving to London to attend the Architectural Association School of Architecture. She eventually became a British citizen and started her own architecture practice which proved to be very successful. Her innovative designs and experimental styles gained much international notice and within years she established herself as a world renowned architect. She also pursued a teaching career and undertook some high-profile interior work in addition to her architectural career.

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Zaha Hadid Childhood & Early Life

Zaha Mohammad Hadid was born on 31 October 1950 in Baghdad, Iraq, into an influential family. Her father, Muhammad al-Hajj Husayn Hadid, was an industrialist and the co-founder of the National Democratic Party in Iraq. Her mother, Wajiha al-Sabunji, was an artist.

Hadid’s upbringing by her incredibly successful father highlighted the foundation of her notion that “there was never a question that I would be a professional.”

During her early schooling, she attended a progressive Catholic school. It also included French, Muslim, and Jewish students. She herself came from a Sunni Muslim Arab family.

Her secondary educational career began at the ‘American University’ in Beirut. Her main focus was mathematics.

In 1972, she moved to London to study her strength, architecture, at the ‘Architectural Association’. Here, she met several professors and students that led her to become a partner at the ‘Office for Metropolitan Architecture’, launching her career forward.

Zaha Hadid Career

Her brilliant career had its start in 1977 when she joined the ‘Office of Metropolitan Architecture’ and began teaching at the ‘Architectural Association’.

In 1980, Hadid broke free and began her own practice in London. ‘Zaha Hadid Architects’ employs over 350 people today.

Her first successfully built project was the ‘Vitra Fire Station’ in Weil am Rhein, Germany. The project lasted from 1989 to 1993. The building has since been turned into a museum.

In 1994, her design was chosen for the ‘Cardiff Bay Opera House’ in Wales. This gave her some publicity and fame, but unfortunately the building was not approved to be built as the city chose to spend the money on a stadium instead.

A major success came in 1998 when her design was chosen for the ‘Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art’. This was her first American project, and was the recipient of two awards, the ‘Royal Institute of British Architects Award’ in 2004 and the ‘American Architecture Award’ from ‘The Chicago Athenaeum’ the next year.

In her career as an educator she held the Sullivan Chair professorship at the University of Illinois at Chicago's School of Architecture in the 1990s. She was also a guest professor at various institutions including the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg (HFBK Hamburg), the Knowlton School of Architecture at Ohio State University, and the Masters Studio at Columbia University.

In 2005, her design was chosen for the ‘Olympic Aquatic Center’ for the ‘2012 Olympic Games’. Currently her designs are set to be built for the ‘Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games’.

Zaha Hadid Major Works

In 2003, she completed the building of the ‘Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art’. This was the first American museum designed by a woman and proclaimed the ‘most important American building to be completed since the cold war’ by the New York Times.

In 2010, her Maxxi building design was awarded the Stirling Prize. The national museum is located in Rome and is said to be “a masterpiece fit to sit alongside Rome’s ancient wonders,” (The Guardian)

Zaha Hadid Awards &Achievements

Hadid’s personal list of achievements numbers over 100 prestigious awards and honors. She received her first award in 1982, the ‘Gold Medal Architectural Design’ for her British Architecture.

In 2004, she became the first woman and one of the youngest recipients of the ‘Pritzker Prize’ for architecture. This award is commonly known throughout the world as architecture’s highest honor.

In 2012, Hadid was given the honor of ‘Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire’.

In 2014, the Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre, designed by her, won the Design Museum Design of the Year Award.

Zaha Hadid Personal Life & Legacy

Hadid never married nor had any children. She was entirely dedicated to her professional career. She broke many social stereotypes to emerge as a role model for Muslim women and opened up opportunities for women as well as Muslims to become architects.

Zaha Hadid died of a heart attack in a Miami hospital on 31 March 2016. At the time of her death she was undergoing treatment for bronchitis.

Zaha Hadid Net Worth

Zaha Hadid was once the highest paid architect in the world. At the time of her death, her estimated net worth was a staggering $215 million including her property holdings, stock investments, cosmetic deals, restaurants, a football team, a brand of Vodka, top selling brand of perfume, and a fashion line.

Zaha Hadid Trivia

Before her fame as an architect, she had a successful teaching career at several institutions. These included the ‘Harvard Graduate School of Design’ and the ‘University of Illinois’ at ‘Chicago’s School of Architecture’.

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Zaha Hadid biography timelines

  • Hadid’s upbringing by her incredibly successful father highlighted the foundation of her notion that “there was never a question that I would be a professional.”
    31st Oct 1950
  • In 1972, she moved to London to study her strength, architecture, at the ‘Architectural Association’. Here, she met several professors and students that led her to become a partner at the ‘Office for Metropolitan Architecture’, launching her career forward.
    1972
  • Her brilliant career had its start in 1977 when she joined the ‘Office of Metropolitan Architecture’ and began teaching at the ‘Architectural Association’.
    1977
  • In 1980, Hadid broke free and began her own practice in London. ‘Zaha Hadid Architects’ employs over 350 people today.
    1980
  • Hadid’s personal list of achievements numbers over 100 prestigious awards and honors. She received her first award in 1982, the ‘Gold Medal Architectural Design’ for her British Architecture.
    1982
  • Her first successfully built project was the ‘Vitra Fire Station’ in Weil am Rhein, Germany. The project lasted from 1989 to 1993. The building has since been turned into a museum.
    1989 To 1993
  • In 1994, her design was chosen for the ‘Cardiff Bay Opera House’ in Wales. This gave her some publicity and fame, but unfortunately the building was not approved to be built as the city chose to spend the money on a stadium instead.
    1994
  • A major success came in 1998 when her design was chosen for the ‘Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art’. This was her first American project, and was the recipient of two awards, the ‘Royal Institute of British Architects Award’ in 2004 and the ‘American Architecture Award’ from ‘The Chicago Athenaeum’ the next year.
    1998 To 2004
  • In 2003, she completed the building of the ‘Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art’. This was the first American museum designed by a woman and proclaimed the ‘most important American building to be completed since the cold war’ by the New York Times.
    2003
  • In 2004, she became the first woman and one of the youngest recipients of the ‘Pritzker Prize’ for architecture. This award is commonly known throughout the world as architecture’s highest honor.
    2004
  • In her career as an educator she held the Sullivan Chair professorship at the University of Illinois at Chicago's School of Architecture in the 1990s. She was also a guest professor at various institutions including the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg (HFBK Hamburg), the Knowlton School of Architecture at Ohio State University, and the Masters Studio at Columbia University.
    2005 To 2012
  • In 2010, her Maxxi building design was awarded the Stirling Prize. The national museum is located in Rome and is said to be “a masterpiece fit to sit alongside Rome’s ancient wonders,” (The Guardian)
    2010
  • In 2012, Hadid was given the honor of ‘Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire’.
    2012
  • In 2014, the Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre, designed by her, won the Design Museum Design of the Year Award.
    2014
  • Zaha Hadid was once the highest paid architect in the world. At the time of her death, her estimated net worth was a staggering $215 million including her property holdings, stock investments, cosmetic deals, restaurants, a football team, a brand of Vodka, top selling brand of perfume, and a fashion line.
    2014
  • Zaha Hadid died of a heart attack in a Miami hospital on 31 March 2016. At the time of her death she was undergoing treatment for bronchitis.
    31st Mar 2016
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Frequently asked questions about Zaha Hadid

  • What is Zaha Hadid birthday?

    Zaha Hadid was born at October 31, 1950

  • Where is Zaha Hadid's birth place?

    Zaha Hadid was born in Baghdad

  • What is Zaha Hadid nationalities?

    Zaha Hadid's nationalities is British

  • Who is Zaha Hadid siblings?

    Zaha Hadid's siblings is Fulath Hadid, Haithem Hadid

  • What was Zaha Hadid universities?

    Zaha Hadid studied at American University of Beirut, 1977 - Architectural Association School of Architecture university

  • Who is Zaha Hadid's father?

    Zaha Hadid's father is Mohammed Hadid

  • What is Zaha Hadid's sun sign?

    Zaha Hadid is Scorpio

  • When was Zaha Hadid died?

    Zaha Hadid was died at March 31, 2016

  • Where was Zaha Hadid died?

    Zaha Hadid was died in Miami, Florida, United States

  • Which age was Zaha Hadid died?

    Zaha Hadid was died at age 65