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Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid Architects is global leader in pioneering research and design investigation. Each of our projects builds on over thirty years of exploration in the interrelated fields of urbanism, architecture and design.

ZHA Heydar Aliyev Center, Baku, Azerbaijan

Heydar Aliyev Center, Baku, Azerbaijan

Zaha Hadid, founder of Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize (considered the Nobel Prize of architecture) in 2004 and is internationally known for her built, theoretical and academic work. Born in Baghdad, Hadid studied mathematics at the American University of Beirut before moving to London in 1972 to attend the Architectural Association School and founding Zaha Hadid Architects in 1979. Hadid has since held numerous chairs and guest professorships at universities around the world including Columbia, Harvard and Yale universities. She is currently a professor at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna.

Charles Walker, Zaha Hadid Architects

Charles Walker, Zaha Hadid Architects

ZHA’s work explores the rigorous interface between architecture, urbanism, landscape and geology as the practice integrates natural topography and human-made systems, leading to innovation with new technologies. Collaborating with corporations that lead their industries, together with the implementation of new construction techniques and materials, has further advanced the practice’s diversity and knowledge.

The MAXXI: Italian National Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome, the London Aquatics Centre for the 2012 Olympic Games, and the Heydar Aliyev Centre in Baku are built manifestos of ZHA’s inspiring, fluid spaces. Previous seminal buildings such as the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati and the Guangzhou Opera House in China have also been hailed as architecture that transforms our ideas of the future with new spatial concepts and dynamic, visionary forms.

ZHA is working on a diversity of projects worldwide including the New National Stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the Middle East Centre at St. Antony’s College Oxford University and 520 West 28th Street in New York. ZHA’s portfolio also includes cultural, corporate, academic, sporting and infrastructure projects across Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas, in addition to national institutions such as the Central Bank of Iraq and the Iraq Council of Representatives Parliament.

Hadid’s outstanding contribution to the architectural profession continues to be acknowledged by the world’s most respected institutions. In 2010 and 2011, her designs were awarded the Stirling Prize, one of architecture’s highest accolades, by the Royal Institute of British Architects. Other awards include UNESCO naming Hadid as an ‘Artist for Peace’, the Republic of France honouring Hadid with the ‘Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres’, TIME magazine included her in their list of the ‘100 Most Influential People in the World’ and in 2012, Zaha Hadid was made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II.


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