Zaha Hadid is one of the best architects of the century. Her work is known to be fururistic with multiple perspective points and fragmented geometry.

5 Facts

  • Born 31st October 1950, Zaha grew up in Baghdad
  • The first Iraqi-British, Muslim female architect to receive the Pritzker Prize in architecture in 2004
  • Won an award every year since 2000, winning up to 12 awards in one year
  • Zaha Hadid’s first building was the Vitra Fire Station, Germany in 1994
  • 950 projects over 44 countries, 400 staff, 55 nations
Wojtek Gurak


“Architecture is really about well-being. I think that people want to feel good in a space….On the other hand its about shelter, but its also about pleasure”

“There are 360 degrees so why stick to one?”

“People say I design architectural icons. I design a building and it becomes an icon, that’s ok”

“What’s nice about concrete is that it looks unfinished”

“Women are always told ‘Your not going to make it, it’s too difficult, you cant do that, don’t enter this competition, you’ll never win it,’ they need confidence in themselves and people around them to help them get on”

5 Buildings

According to the UK Telegraph the top 5 Zaha Hadid buildings are:

2020 Tokyo Olympic Centre | Photography by GETTY

1. 2020 Tokyo Olympic Centre

One of the greatest buildings by Zaha Hadid is yet to be built. Zaha Hadid has designed the 2020 Olympic Centre in Tokyo. Zaha had to compete with 45 other companies who were all fighting to win the contract to design the Olympic Centre

London Aquatics Centre | Photography by GETTY

2. London Aquatics Centre – Completed in 2011

Built for the London Olympics, the facility has 2 50meter swimming pools and a 25meter diving pool. The Centre opened to the public in 2014

Riverside Museum, Glasgow | Photography by GETTY

3. Riverside Museum, Glasgow – Completed in 2011

Winner of the 2013 European Museum of the year award

Shelk Zayed Bridge, Abu Dhabi | Photography by GETTY

4. Shelkh Zayed Bridge, Abu Dhabi – Completed in 2010

Guangzhou Opera House | Photography by GETTY

5. Guangzhou Opera House – Completed in 2010

The Structure is made of granite, glass and steel structure which took 5 years to build

5 Awards

  1. Pritzker Architecture Prize – 2004
  2. Sterling Prize – 2011
  3. Structural Steel Design awards – 2010
  4. RIBA, Royal Institute of British Architecture Worldwide – 2004
  5. Design of the year, Heydar Aliyev Centre – 2014

Compiled by DECO intern Christine Boyter

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