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Zaha Hadid

Background Information about Zaha Hadid


Zaha Hadid remains the most famous female architect of all time. Renowned the world over for her avant-garde approach to architectural projects that reflect modern living, Hadid made abstract drawings and paintings for most of her projects. Her artistic works proposed a new and different worldview, exploring fluid forms that bring to mind the dynamics of contemporary urban living. Her creative process made history while on exhibit at the world’s most prestigious museums including the Solomon Guggenheim in New York, The London Design Museum, Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna, and MAXXI in Rome, just to name a few. Her paintings expand the field of architectural exploration, proposing a new and different worldview through abstract exercises, questioning the physical constraints of design, and showing the creative support of her vision as an architect.

Throughout her career, Hadid excelled in creating and communicating pioneering concepts for buildings, urban planning, and design. The New York lithograph, “Chevron South”, is a study by ZAHA HADID DESIGN of Zaha Hadid Architect's first residential tower in New York at 520 West 28th Street. It depicts the dynamic façade of the tower consisting of layered volumes seamlessly connected by chevron shapes.

The Serpentine Sackler Gallery, was designed by Zaha Hadid as two distinct spaces; a conversion of a former 19th gun-powder magazine into a cultural centre, and a restaurant and café extension. Situated in Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, the undulating tensile roof-structure is an immediately iconic landmark, and the lithography was commissioned to commemorate the opening of the gallery spaces in 2013. The Serpentine Sackler Gallery – Perspective Sketch, is an edition that has been translated from an original painting, and emphasises the role of the sketch, and of this medium, within Zaha Hadid’s design process. 


Born in Baghdad in 1950, Zaha Hadid studied mathematics at Beirut University before enrolling in London's radical Association School of Architecture (AA) in 1972. She rose to fame through hard work in the male dominated world of Architecture while pushing the boundaries of Architecture, Design and Art.

Hadid began her own practice in 1979 with the design of an apartment in Eaton Place, London. Her first major work was a winning entry for The Peak Club in Kowloon, Hong Kong in 1983, followed by first place awards for the Kufurstendamm, in Berlin (1986), KMR, Art and Media Centre in Dusseldorf (1989), and Cardiff Bay Opera House (1994). She was awarded the Pritzker Prize in 2004 – the first woman to earn this prestigious honor. She was also made a Dame by Queen Elisabeth II for her services to Architecture. Zaha Hadid passed away on the 31st of March 2016, and her legacy endures within the DNA of the design studio she created.


2015 Zaha Hadid, State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia
2013 Zaha Hadid: World Architecture, Danish Architecture Centre, Copenhagen, Denmark
2012 Liquid Glacial, David Gill Gallery, London, United Kingdom
2011/12 Zaha Hadid: Form in Motion, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, United States
2007 Design Museum, London, United Kingdom
Dune Formationswith David Gill Gallery, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
2006 Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, United States
Ma10 Mx Protetch Gallery, New York City, United States
2003 Museum für angewandte Kunst (Museum of Applied Arts), in Vienna, Austria
2002 Centro nazionale per le arti contemporanee, Rome, Italy
2001 Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany
2000 British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
1997 San Francisco MoMA, San Francisco, United States
1995 Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Cambridge, United States
1988 Deconstructivist Architecture, Museum of Modern Art, New York City, United States
1985 GA Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1983 Retrospective, Architectural Association, London, United Kingdom
1978 Guggenheim Museum, New York City, United States