Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid has died of heart attack aged 65 in a Miami hospital. She designed the aquatics centre used in the 2012 London Olympics.
- She had contracted bronchitis earlier this week and suffered a sudden heart attack while being treated in hospital.
- Her Notable architect’s projects includes the Italian National Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome, the Heydar Aliyev Centre in Baku, and the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati and the Guangzhou Opera House in China.
- Queen Elizabeth II honoured her with a dame hood in 2012, and only last month she became the first woman in her own right to be awarded RIBA’s Royal Gold Medal.
Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid:
Hadid was born in Baghdad in 1950, she graduated in mathematics at the American University.
- She turned to architecture in London in the 1970s, establishing her own practice in 1979.
- Her company’s design was chosen for the 2020 Tokyo summer Olympic stadium but was scrapped due to ballooning costs, she also designed the al Wakrah stadium being built in Qatar for the 2022 soccer World Cup.
- She was the first woman to win Pritzker Architecture Prize, the highest honour in the field.