Zaha Hadid

Born in Baghdad, 1950 and lives in London, UK

Born in Baghdad Iraq in 1950, Zaha Hadid commenced her college studies at the American University in Beirut, in the field of mathematics. She moved to London in 1972 to study architecture at the Architectural Association and upon graduation in 1977, she joined the Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA). She also taught at the Architectural Association (AA) with OMA collaborators Rem Koolhaas and Elia Zenghelis.
She began her own practice in London in 1980 and won the prestigious competition for the Hong Kong Peak Club, a leisure and recreational center in 1983. Painting and drawing, especially in her early period, are important techniques of investigation for her design work. Ever since her 1983 retrospective exhibition at the AA in London, her architecture has been shown in exhibitions worldwide and many of her works are held in important museum collections.
Known as an architect who consistently pushes the boundaries of architecture and urban design, her work experiments with new spatial concepts intensifying existing urban landscapes and encompassing all fields of design, from the urban scale to interiors and furniture.
She is well-known for some of her seminal built works, such at the Vitra Fire Station (1993), Weil am Rhein, Germany, the Mind Zone at the Millennium Dome (1999) Greenwich, UK, a ski jump (2002) in Innsbruck, Austria and the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art (2003) in Cincinnati, Ohio. Parallel with her private practice, Hadid has continued to be involved in academics, holding chairs and guest professorships at Harvard University, Yale University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University, the University of Visual Arts in Hamburg and the University of Applied Arts in Vienna.
Hadid passed away in March 2016 in Miami.

Zaha Hadid
Leila Heller Gallery Dubai presents “Zaha Hadid”, a mid-career exhibition of the oeuvre of internationally...
19 Jan 2016 - 29 Feb 2016
Leila Heller Gallery
Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi
Zaha Hadid
In celebration of Zaha Hadid’s career in architecture and design that spans four decades, Fondazione...
27 May 2016 - 27 Nov 2016
Fondazione Berengo
Zaha Hadid at Leila Heller Gallery, New York
Featuring the work of the renowned architect Zaha Hadid, Leila Heller Gallery showcases product designs...
25 Nov 2016 - 21 Jan 2017
New York
Zaha Hadid: Early Paintings and Drawings
Rare drawings and paintings from the early career by the renowned architect Zaha Hadid, are on view at...
08 Dec 2016 - 12 Feb 2017
Zaha Hadid: There Should Be No End To Experimentation
On the occasion of Art Basel Hong Kong, ArtisTree hosts “There Should Be No End To Experimentation”,...
17 Mar 2017 - 06 Apr 2017
Hong Kong
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