Nationality: Iraqi (UK)
Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid’s buildings are described as distinctively neofuturistic, characterized by the “powerful, curving forms of her elongated structures” with “multiple perspective points and fragmented geometry to evoke the chaos of modern life”.
The Iraqi-British architect has received the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004— the first woman to do so—and the Stirling Prize in 2010 and 2011. She received a degree in Mathematics from the American University of Beirut before studying at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London. She worked for her former professors at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, Rotterdam; she became a partner in 1977.
Zaha is the architect of the most unique stadium for the 2022 FIFA World Cup and she defended her involvement in the project, despite news relating to the working conditions imposed on migrant workers in Qatar. She acknowledged that there was a serious problem with the number of migrant workers who have died during construction work related to the World Cup, but she believed it was a problem for the Qatari government to resolve.
Zaha has taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and from the year 2000, she has been a guest professor at The University of Applied Arts – Vienna, in the Zaha Hadid MasterClass Vertical-Studio.