Zaha Hadid (1950-2016)

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Zaha Hadid, founding partner of Zaha Hadid Architects, was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004 and was internationally known for her built, theoretical and academic work. Each of her dynamic and innovative projects built on over thirty years of revolutionary experimentation and research in the interrelated fields of urbanism, architecture and design. She was named UNESCO Artist for Peace in 2010, in recognition of her efforts to raise awareness of intercultural dialogue and promote excellence in design and creativity.

Zaha Hadid was also the root of many prestigious buildings, including the MAXXI: National Museum of 21st Century Art in Rome, BMW Central Building in Leipzig and the Phaeno Science Center in Wolfsburg, all hailed as architecture that transforms our vision of the future with new spatial concepts and bold, visionary forms.

Combining innovation and dynamism, Zaha Hadid participated in the deconstructivist movement, and always defied convention to change the general way of looking at space. In her message in UNESCO's Creative Economy Report in 2013, she summarizes her vision of architecture by stressing the inseparable relationship between the creative freedom of technology experts and the needs of communities. Her work was the subject of a critically-acclaimed retrospective exhibition at New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 2006 and showcased at London’s Design Museum in 2007. Her recently completed projects include the Nordpark Railway stations in Innsbruck, Mobile Art for Chanel in Hong Kong, Tokyo and New York, the Zaragoza Bridge Pavilion in Spain and the Burnham Pavilion in Chicago.

Zaha Hadid passed away on 31 March 2016.

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