Zaha Hadid consistently pushes the boundaries of architecture and urban design. Her work experiments with new spatial concepts intensifying existing urban landscapes in the pursuit of a visionary aesthetic that encompasses all fields of design, ranging from urban scale through to products, interiors and furniture.
Hadid studied architecture at the Architectural Association and was awarded the Diploma Prize in 1977. She became a partner of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture and taught at the AA until 1987. Zaha Hadid has held the Kenzo Tange Chair at Harvard and the Eero Saarinen Visiting Professorship at Yale. Hadid remains the principal visiting Professor at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. She is an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Fellow of the American Institute of Architecture, Commander of the British Empire, and winner of the Pritzker Prize (2004). Zaha Hadid has also received the Austrian Decoration of Science and Art, and is a Member of the Royal Academy of Arts in London.
Zaha Hadid Architects projects currently on-site include: The National Centre of Contemporary Arts “MAXXI” in Rome, the Sheik Zayed Bridge in Abu Dhabi; the Guangzhou Opera House in China. “Spittelau Viaducts” housing project in Vienna; the “Maggies Centre” hospital building in Scotland and a showroom for BMW in Germany. The Practice is also working on the Master Plans for “One North” in Singapore as well as Bilbao’s “Zorrozaurre” and “Olebeaga” districts in Spain.
Current work includes a wide variety of projects: the new EuskoTren Headquarters and Train Station in Durango, the Zaragoza Bridge in Spain, High Speed Train Station in Naples, an office tower and residential housing complex in Milan, and a new Maritime Terminal in Salerno in Italy. In France, projects include new government offices and cultural centre in Montpellier, a library (mediatheque) in Pau and the new CMA CGM Shipping Global Headquarters in Marseille. In the UK, the practice is working on the London Aquatic Centre for the 2012 Olympics, the Architecture Foundation Centre and the Glasgow Transport Museum. Additional projects include new train stations for the Nordparc Cable Railway in Austria and a new Concert Hall and cultural centre in Basel.
Best known for their seminal built works, (Vitra Fire Station in Weil am Rhein, Bergisel Ski-Jump in Innsbruck, Strasbourg Tram Station, Rosenthal Centre for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati, BMW Central Building in Leipzig, Hotel Puerta America (interior) in Madrid, the Ordrupgaard Museum Extension in Copenhagen, and the Phaeno Science Centre in Wolfsburg) all projects by Zaha Hadid Architects have received worldwide acclaim. The Contemporary Art Centre in Cincinnati was described by the New York Times as “the most important new building in the USA since World War II”, whilst the Independent newspaper (UK) called the Phaeno Science Centre “a Masterpiece”.
In addition to Zaha Hadid winning the 2004 Pritzker Prize, the Practice continues to receive recognition through winning awards for its work. These include:
- Gold Medal Architectural Design, British Architecture (1982) for 59 Eaton Place, London.
- Mies van der Rohe Award (2003); AIA UK Chapter Award (2002); Equerre d'Argent special mention (2001) for Car Park and Terminus Hoenheim North, Strasbourg.
- Austrian State Architecture Prize (2002); Tyrolean Architecture Award, 2002; Gold Medal for Design (2005) International Olympic Committee for the Bergisel Ski Jump, Innsbruck.
- RIBA Worldwide Award (2004) for the Rosenthal Centre for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati.
- London Architects of the Year, London Architectural Biennale 2004.
- Deutsche Architektur Prize, Building of the Year (2005); RIBA European Commercial Building and Stirling Prize Finalist (2005) for the BMW Central Building.