Zaha Hadid  (British, 1950) 

Zaha Hadid (British/Iraqi, b.1950) is an architect living and working in London. The first woman to receive the Pritzker Prize for Architecture in 2004, Hadid is known for the dynamic curving forms in her powerful, elongated structures. Born in Baghdad, Hadid was raised in a flourishing, secular, liberal Iraq, at a time when Modernism signified progressive thinking in the Middle East. After receiving a degree in mathematics from the American University of Beirut, Hadid moved on in 1972 to study at the Architectural Association in London. It was there that she met Rem Koolhaas (Dutch, b.1944), Daniel Libeskind (American, b.1946), and Bernard Tschumi (French/Swiss, b.1944), simiarly-minded progressive architects who would also become leading champions of experimental European architecture. After graduating in 1977, Hadid briefly became a partner at the new firm of Koolhaas and Ella Zenghelis, the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, but would soon go on to establish her own London-based practice. Through her early work and teaching, Hadid fostered her neo-Modernist aesthetic—what she described as a new fluid, kind of spatiality of multiple perspective points and fragmented geometry, meant to evoke the chaos of modern life. It took time for her radical, fluid spaces to be accepted by the public, however, and a number of Hadid’s initial winning designs were never built—notably, the Peak Club in Hong Kong (1983) and the Cardiff Bay Opera Houe in Wales (1994). Hadid’s first building in the United States, the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati (2003), was an immediate critical and popular success. Hailed by The New York Times as the most important American building to be completed since the Cold War, the Rosenthal Center allowed Hadid to manifest her beliefs on curating and the museum-going experience, conceived as a ‘kit of parts’ which curators could customize for each show. The Rosenthal cemented Hadid’s reputation as one of the world’s most exciting and significant Contemporary architects, and has led to major commissions, such as the BMW Central Building in Leipzig (2005), the Phaeno Science Center in Wolfsburg (2005), and the MAXXI Contemporary Arts Centre in Rome (2010).

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Zaha Hadid, Ordrupgaard bench, model no. PP995, designed for the Ordrupgaard Museum extension, Charlottenlund, Denmark


Zaha Hadid
Ordrupgaard bench, model no. PP995, designed for the Ordrupgaard Museum extension, Charlottenlund, Denmark

Auction: Apr 29, 2014
Phillips London
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Zaha Hadid, Serif 4 wall shelf from the Seamless collection


Zaha Hadid
Serif 4 wall shelf from the Seamless collection

Auction: Apr 29, 2014
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Zaha Hadid, Working Proof for Bench by the Tallix Art Foundry


Zaha Hadid
Working Proof for Bench by the Tallix Art Foundry

Todd Merrill 20th Century and Studio Contemporary
Zaha Hadid, Installation view


Zaha Hadid
Installation view
Buchmann Galerie
Zaha Hadid, Installation view


Zaha Hadid
Installation view
Buchmann Galerie
Zaha Hadid, People's Conference Hall, Tripoli


Zaha Hadid
People's Conference Hall, Tripoli

Buchmann Galerie
Zaha Hadid, Guggenheim Singapore


Zaha Hadid
Guggenheim Singapore

Buchmann Galerie
Zaha Hadid, Dublin Tower


Zaha Hadid
Dublin Tower

Buchmann Galerie
Zaha Hadid, Republic Square, Kazakstan


Zaha Hadid
Republic Square, Kazakstan

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Zaha Hadid, Vaso Flow


Zaha Hadid
Vaso Flow


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Zaha Hadid,


Zaha Hadid
"Serif" shelves (from The Seamless collection) (set of 4 works), 2006
polyurethane-lacquered polyester resin


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Zaha Hadid, Édition limitée Table Aqua Silicone


Zaha Hadid
Édition limitée Table Aqua Silicone, 2006
resin, polyurethane


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1972 - 1977   Studied architecture at the Architectural Association. Awarded the Diploma Prize upon graduation.
1977 - 1987   Became a partner of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, taught at the AA with OMA collaborators Rem Koolhaas and Elia Zenghelis, and later led her own studio at the AA.
1987   Since 1987, she has held the Kenzo Tange Chair at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University; the Sullivan Chair at the University of Illinois, School of Architecture, Chicago; guest professorships at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg; the Knolton School of Architecture, Ohio and the Masters Studio at Columbia University, New York.
  Architectural Winning Designs: The Peak, Hong Kong (1983); Kurfürstendamm, Berlin (1986); Düsseldorf Art and Media Centre (1992/93); Cardiff Bay Opera House, Wales (1994); Thames Water/Royal Academy Habitable Bridge, London (1996); Rosenthal Centre for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati (1998); University of North London Holloway Road Bridge (1998); The Centre for Contemporary Arts, Rome (1999); Bergisel Ski-jump, Innsbruck (1999); The Wolfsburg Science Centre (2000); the Maritime Ferry Terminal in Salerno, (2000); Placa de les Artes in Barcelona (2001); One-north Masterplan for Singapore's Science Hub (2001); the Ordrupgaard Museum Extension in Copenhagen (2001); the BMW Central Plant Building in Leipzig (2002); the Price Tower Art Center, Bartlesville (2002); the Departement de l'Herault Culture Sport Building, Montpellier (2003); the new High Speed Rail Station Napoli-Afragola, Naples (2003); the Guangzhou Opera House, China (2003); and a masterplan for Beijing's Soho City, China (2003).
Gold Medal Architectural Design, British Architecture for 59 Eaton Place, London, 1982
Honourable Member of the Bund Deutsches Architekten, 1998
Honourable Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, 2000
Honorary Fellowship of the American Institute of Architects, 2000
Mind Zone, Millennium Dome, London - RIBA Awards 2000
Car Park and Terminus Hoenheim North, Strasbourg - FX Awards 2001 Finalist
Car Park and Terminus Hoenheim North, Strasbourg - Equerre d'Argent special mention, 2001
Car Park and Terminus Hoenheim North, Strasbourg - AIA UK Chapter Award, 2002
One-north Master Plan, Singapore - AIA UK Chapter Honourable Mention, 2002
Car Park and Terminus Hoenheim North, Strasbourg - Red Dot Award, 2002
Bergisel Ski Jump, Innsbruck - Austrian State Architecture Prize, 2002
Bergisel Ski Jump, Innsbruck - WIRED Rave Awards Nominee, 2003
Bergisel Ski Jump, Innsbruck - Tyrolean Architecture Award, 2002
Commander of the British Empire, 2002
Car Park and Terminus Hoenheim North, Strasbourg - Mies van der Rohe Award 2003
Architect of the year 2004, Blueprint Award
Rosenthal Centre for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati - WIRED Rave Award 2004
Zaha Hadid, Laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize 2004
Praemium Imperiale 2009
2012   Buchmann Galerie, Berlin, Gallery Weekend Berlin, Germany (solo)
2012   Form in Motion, Philadelphia Museum of Art, USA (solo)
2009   U.F.O.: Grenzgänge zwischen Kunst und Design, NRW Forum Düsseldorf, Germany
2009   Monuments with a horizon line II (Sean Dawson, Zaha Hadid, Markus Miessen & Bettina Pousttchi, Karen Mirza & Brad Butler, Sergio Prego, Joel Sternfeld, Jorinde Voigt, Lawrence Weiner, Clare Woods), Buchmann Galerie, Berlin
2009   Sharjah Biennial 9 (with Lawrence Weiner)
2009   In situ: Architecture and Landscape, MoMA, New York
2008 - 2009   Museums in the 21st century, UMMA, Ann Arbor
2008 - 2009   Interior/Exterior (with Mario Merz), Kunstmuseum, Wolfsburg
2008   Museums in the 21st century, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek
2008   Zaha Hadid, Mobile Art: Chanel Contemporary Art Container, National Yoyogi Stadium, Tokyo
2007   Ideal House, Internationale Möbelmesse, Cologne
2007   Dune Formations, David Gill Galleries, Venice Biennale
2007   Global Cities, Tate Modern, London
2007   Urban Voids, Architecture Triennale Lisbon
2007   Airs de Paris, Centre Pompidou Centre, Paris
2007   Milan Furniture Fair, Milan
2007   Zaha Hadid Architecture and Design, Design Museum, London
2006   Tokyo Blossoms, The Haro Museum Installation, Tokyo
2006   Zaha Hadid, Guggenheim Museum, New York
2005   25 Years of Deutsche Bank Collection, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
2005   Elastika intervention at Design 05, Art Basel, Miami Beach
2005   25 Jahre Sammlung Deutsche Bank, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin
2005   Zaha Hadid: Paintings, Kenny Schachter ROVE, London
2004   Zaha Hadid Paintings, Somerset House, London
2004   Venice Biennale
2004   Sulle Tracce di Mozart, Palazzo Reale, Milan
2003   Zaha Hadid Architecture MAK, Vienna
2003   Artists Space, New York
2003   Zaha Hadid Architecture, MAK Exhibition Hall in Vienna
2002   Zaha Hadid, MAXXI in Rome
2002   Zaha Hadid Laboratory, in Yale
2002   The National Building Museum, Washington
2002   Price Tower Arts Centre Gallery
2002   The Venice Architecture Biennale
2002   City of Towers, Venice Biennale
2001   Zaha Hadid Lounge, Kunstmuseum, Wolfsburg
2000   The Venice Architecture Biennale
2000   Borderline Exhibition, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels
1998   Addressing the Century: 100 Years of Art and Fashion, Hayward Gallery, London
1997 - 1998   San Francisco MoMA
1997   Mind Zone, Millenium Dome, London
1996   WishMachine: World Invention, Wiener Kunsthalle, Vienna
1996   Paper Art, Leopold-Hosch Museum, Düren
1995   The Graduate School of Design at Harvard University
1995   Grand Central Station New York
1992   The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde 1915-1932, Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York
1988   Deconstructivist Architecture, MoMA, New York
1985   GA Gallery, Tokyo
1983   Architectural Association, London
1978   Guggenheim Museum, New York
  Permanent Collections
MoMA New York
MoMA San Francisco
Deutsches Architektur Museum, Frankfurt, Germany