On March 31st, the Architecture community lost a beloved icon. Dame Zaha Hadid was an Iraqi born British architect who broke down the conventional barriers in the field of aesthetics, geometry and design. She once said, “There are 360 degrees, so why settle for one?”. She was the first woman to have been awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004. In 2012, she was created a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire and in 2015 she became the first woman to be awarded the RIBA Gold Medal in her own right.
Her building forms were neo-futuristic, with eccentric geometries and they were especially known for their expressive curves. She was one of the most successful female Architects in history. She also immersed herself extensively into teaching, interior design, product design and even fashion, using her signature fragmented style. Some of her best works include The Aquatics Center in England, Bridge Pavilion in Spain and the Riverside Museum in Glasgow.