Zaha Hadid died of heart attack

Zaha Hadid was the first woman champion of the top Pritzker Architecture Prize on this day in 2004. She was an Iraqi native British architect.

She was the award holder of the UK’s most prestigious architectural award, the Sterling Prize, and she was the first lady to be bestowed the 2016 Royal Gold Medal in architecture by the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Ms. Zaha Hadid was a revolutionary architect who changes direction the way buildings are design. From an arts Centre with no conventional lines to a museum atop five lifters, she toyed with customary forms in her postmodern designs.

Early days of Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid grew into a noble family in Baghdad throughout the last years of the Hashemite monarchy.                   She raised up in the consequences of the military overthrow commanded by Brigadier General Abdul Karim Qassim. She left for Beirut to carry on with her college education in mathematics, before shifting to London to get a degree in architecture.

A writer Hamid Dabashi says, “Hadid took a fistful of everything that was good and beautiful in her homeland, and with it she signed her signature on every corner of the globe she visited”.

“I never use the issue about being a woman architect,” she claimed in a discussion with Icon magazine, “but if it helps younger people to know they can break through the glass ceiling, I don’t mind that.”

It was 1979, when she started her own practice in London with the name of “The Zaha Hadid Architects”. She was a brave lady in a pitch which was rule by men, but her desire was in forcing the boundaries of design.

Designs of Zaha Hadid

The outlines and sharp angles of the Vitra Fire Station in Germany were motivate by close wineries. The roof of the London Aquatic Centre forms the shape of surf. The architect was also behind the project of the Al Wakrah Stadium, for the 2022 Qatar World Cup.

Vitra Fire Station in Germany by Zaha Hadid Architects
Zaha Hadid legacy continues in Qatar as Al Wakrah Stadium works advance
Roof of the London Olympics Aquatics Centre



As the architect redesigned contemporary architecture using the nearby scenery for building inspiration. She was famous for her neofuturistic design.

Chicago-based Pritzker Architecture Prize organisation says in a statement. “She was truly a pioneer in the field of architecture. She represents the highest aspirations of the Pritzker Architecture Prize,”

Google doodle of Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid passes away all of a sudden due to a heart attack last year. However, many of her projects left incomplete. Only after a year of her death, Hadid’s life and efforts are being honor with a Google Doodle.