World Famous Female Architect Zaha Hadid Passes Away at Age 65

We're saddened to hear of the death of Zaha Hadid. Hadid, who has been called one of history's greatest architects for her larger-than-life signature forms, died in Miami following a heart attack at age 65. She was the first woman to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the field’s highest honor.

Iraqi-born Hadid had designs commissioned around the world, from fire stations to museums. Several of her most noted works include the London Olympic Aquatic Center, the Guangzhou Opera House in China and The Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku Azerbaijan. Last month, Hadid became the first woman to win the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) Gold Medal for her work.

Hadid studied at London’s Architectural Association before eventually starting her own company, Zaha Hadid Architects, in 1979. One of Hadid’s final designs for a stadium at the Qatar World Cup is set for completion before the games in 2022.

Zaha Hadid

The Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku The Guangzhou Opera House in Guangzhou The London Aquatic Center