Born in Baghdad, Iraq in 1950, Hadid studied mathematics at the American University of Beirut before moving to London in 1972 to attend the Architectural Association (AA) School where she was awarded the Diploma Prize in 1977. Hadid founded Zaha Hadid Architects in 1979 and completed their first building, the Vitra Fire Station, Germany in 1993.
Hadid taught at the AA School until 1987 and held numerous chairs and guest professorships at universities around the world including Columbia, Harvard, Yale and the University of Applied Arts in Vienna.
Hadid’s outstanding contribution to architecture has been acknowledged by the world’s most respected institutions including the Forbes List of the ‘World’s Most Powerful Women’ and the Japan Art Association presenting her with the ‘Praemium Imperiale’. In 2010 and 2011, Hadid’s designs were awarded the Stirling Prize, one of architecture’s highest accolades, by the Royal Institute of British Architects.
Zaha Hadid passed away on the 31st of March 2016, and her legacy endures within the DNA of the design studio she created.