By Sonia Billadeau
On Thursday, March 31st, Architect Dame Zaha Hadid died of a heart attack in a Miami hospital where she was being treated for bronchitis. She was 65 years old, according to BBC News
Hadid designed many structures around the world, including Hong Kong, Germany and the U.S. One of her well-known designs is the 2012 London Olympic Aquatic Center.
Born in Iraq, Hadid studied at the American University of Beirut and then later moved to London to study at Architectural Association School of Architecture. In 1979, she created her own company – Zaha Hadid Architects.
Hadid’s first design to be constructed was the Vitra Fire Station in Weil am Rhein in Germany in 1993 where later, she went on to design the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London and the Riverside Museum at Glasgow's Museum of Transport and Guangzhou Opera House in China.
Along with her groundbreaking designs, Hadid has won many awards for her work such as the RIBA Stirling Price twice and this year, she was the first woman and Muslim to receive the RIBA Gold Medal.
Hadid stood as a beacon for successful women in society. When receiving the Gold Medal in February, Hadid proclaimed, “We now see more established female architects all the time. That doesn't mean it's easy. Sometimes the challenges are immense. There has been tremendous change over recent years and we will continue this progress.”
From her humble beginning to fame, Hadid did not forget what gave her the success. Back in 2014, Hadid designed a building at the American University of Beirut to show her appreciation for the school.
Hadid also shared her skill and love of architecture at many schools around the world. She was a professor at Harvard Graduate School of Design, University of Illinois at Chicago's School of Architecture and Institute of Architecture at the University of Applied Arts Vienna in Austria, just to name a few.
When Hadid’s death was made known to the world, RIBA President Jane Duncan said, “This is absolutely terrible news. Dame Zaha Hadid was an inspirational woman, and the kind of architect one can only dream of being.
"Visionary and highly experimental, her legacy despite her young age, is formidable. She leaves behind a body of work from buildings to furniture, footwear and cars that delight and astound people all around the world. The world of architecture has lost a star today,” lamented BBC News.
In future projects, Hadid’s designed stadium will take center stage at the Qatar World Cup in 2022.
“It was very much a man's world but she was determined to shape it and bend into the way she saw it, into Zaha Hadid's world,” said art editor Will Gompertz.
“Dame Zaha will be seen as a leading light for any architect, especially female architects who have come from abroad and are living in Britain, to show that they can succeed in this country even through all the brickbats you receive along the way.”
For the inspiration and idealist Hadid was for women, especially multi-cultural women in the world, we commend her life and will always remember her legacy.
(Image via The Telegraph)