modern mondays: zaha hadid

today we are taking a look at one of the world’s most famous architects|designers that paved the way in terms of their work, but also for who they are. this designer is zaha hadid, a woman and a minority.

just for a little background, she was born in 1950 in baghdad, iraq. she studied mathematics at the american university of beirut then continued her education at the architectural association school of architecture in london. once graduated, she worked with two of her professors, rem koolhaus and elia zenghelis. she also worked with famous engineer, peter rice, which helped shape her career with her forms and building materials in her designs. in 1980 she opened her own practice in london followed by starting a career in education. she taught at the architectural association, harvard university, university of illinois at chicago school of architecture, hochschule fur bildende kunste hamburg, the knowlton school of architecture at the ohio state university, the masters studio at columbia university, the eero saarinen visiting professor at architectural design at the yale school of architecture, and at the university of applied arts vienna. she is also a member of the american academy of arts and letters, a fellow of the american institute of architects, and is on the board of trustees of the architecture foundation.

she’s won too many awards to mention, but she was ranked 69th place on the forbes list of “the world’s 100 most powerful women”, in 2010 she was named by time magazine as influential thinker in the time 100 issue, and in 2010 the british magazine, new statesman, ranked her as 42 in their annual survey of the world’s most influential figures.

her firm is still going strong with over 350 employees and she has many works completed and on the docket. her modern buildings and work with concrete have left their mark on the design world forever. she’s truly an inspiration in the world of design as well as for women everywhere. she entered a male-dominated profession and not only gained the respect of her peers, but took the world of architecture by storm. take a look below at some of her masterpieces.

bergisel ski jump in innsbruck, austria

bmw central building in leipzig, germany


bridge pavilion in zaragoza, spain

vitra fire station in weil am rhein, germany

maggie's centre in scotland


contemporary arts center in cincinnati, ohio

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