Zaha Hadid

A leading contemporary woman architect, Zaha Hadid, is known for intense, avant-garde, sometimes deconstructivist designs. Born in Baghdad, she studied at the Architectural Association in London and was a partner in the Office of Metropolitan Architecture with Rem Koolhaas. Heading over 250 people strong firm, Zaha Hadid Architects, headquartered in London, she ranked 69th on the Forbes list of ‘The World's 100 Most Powerful Women’ in 2008. As well as creating architecture the architect is a celebrated painter, designer of furniture and interior products and fittings such as bowls and chandeliers.

Her Inspirations:
Zaha Hadid characterises her architecture as expressing a sense of motion. It is concerned with composing intersecting paths, routes and volumes in forms that are dynamic rather than static; like a controlled explosion. She attributes her inspiration to landscape, topography, sedimentology and geological patterns. Hadid is also influenced by modern infrastructure, taking inspiration from the language of highway engineering. The bundling and separating of motorways and intersections served as a visual precedent for few of her projects. Another important aspect of Hadid's vision is her interest in the rigorous interface between architecture, landscape and geology as she integrates natural and human-made systems that lead her to experiment with video, digital imaging and physical modelling. Such a process often results in unexpected and dynamic architectural forms moulded by the realities of site and building requirements. She combines her early experiences and inspiration from nature and fuses them with technology to create avant-garde architecture.

Her Philosophy:
Zaha Hadid is an architect who consistently pushes the boundaries of architecture and urban design. Her work experiments with spatial quality, extending and intensifying existing landscapes in the pursuit of a visionary aesthetic that encompasses all fields of design, ranging from urban scale through to products, interiors and furniture. She advocates a simultaneous engagement in practice, teaching and research, in the pursuit of an uncompromising commitment to modernism. Zaha Hadid's style is boldly contemporary, organic and innovative. The architect designs through new technology and materials and in this process, never does ordinary.

Her Quotes To Remember:
"There is a discourse between architects and designers. This may be privy to those people and may not affect the public for a long time (in built form), but it's important for that research to take place because eventually it does have a trickling effect. So that's what really drives me."

Her Impact — Her Projects:

Completed projects
J. S. Bach Pavilion, Manchester International Festival Manchester, UK (2009)
Eli and Edythe Broad Museum, Michigan State University, (2008-)
CMA CGM Tower, Marseille, France, (2007-2009)
Chanel Mobile Art Pavilion (Worldwide) Tokyo, Hong Kong, New York, London, Paris, Moscow, (2006-2008)
Tondonia Winery Pavilion Haro, Spain (2001-2006)
Bridge Pavilion Zaragoza, Spain (2008)
Cyprus: Eleftheria square, redesign, (2007)
Nordkettenbahn (cable car) Innsbruck, Austria (2007)
sfasf at the Victoria Hospital Kirkcaldy, Scotland (2006)
High-speed train station of Afragola  Afragola, Italy (2006)
BMW Central Building Leipzig, Germany (2005)
Ordrupgaard annexe Copenhagen, Denmark  (2005)
Phaeno Science Centre Wolfsburg, Germany (2005)
Bergisel Ski Jump Innsbruck, Austria (2002)
Hoenheim-North Terminus & Car Park Hoenheim, France (2001)
Rosenthal Centre for Contemporary Art Cincinnati, Ohio (1994)
Vitra Fire Station Weil am Rhein, Germany (1994)

Ongoing and future projects
Napoli Afragola railway station, Italy (completion delayed to 2011)
Nuragic and Contemporary art museum (2006) (under construction), Cagliari, Italy
Mandarin Oriental Dellis Cay, Villa D (2012) (private home under construction), Dellis Cay, Turks & Caicos Islands
Riverside Museum (2007-2011) (projected) development of Glasgow Transport Museum, Scotland
London Aquatics Centre, London, UK, (2008-2013), a 17,500-seat venue for the 2012 Summer Olympics
MAXXI (National Museum of the 21st Century Arts) in Rome
Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre in Baku, Azerbaijan