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  • Zaha Hadid
  • Zaha Hadid

    Zaha Hadid is an architect who 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. Best known for her seminal built works (Vitra Fire Station, Land Formation-One, Bergisel Ski-Jump, Strasbourg Tram Station, the Rosenthal Centre for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati, the BMW Central Building in Leipzig, the Hotel Puerta America (interior) in Madrid, the Ordrupgaard Museum Extension in Copenhagen, and the Phaeno Science Center in Wolfsburg, her central concerns involve a simultaneous engagement in practice, teaching and research.

    Education and Teaching

    Hadid studied architecture at the Architectural Association from 1972 and was awarded the Diploma Prize in 1977. She then became a partner of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, taught at the AA with OMA collaborators Rem Koolhaas and Elia Zenghelis, and later led her own studio at the AA until 1987. Since then she held the Kenzo Tange Chair at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University; the Sullivan Chair at the University of Illinois, School of Architecture, Chicago; guest professorships at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg; the Knolton School of Architecture, Ohio and the Masters Studio at Columbia University, New York. In addition, she was made Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Fellow of the American Institute of Architecture and Commander of the British Empire, 2002. She is currently Professor at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria and was the Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor of Architectural Design at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.


    Hadid has been testing the boundaries of architectural design in a series of research-based competitions. Winning designs include The Peak, Hong Kong (1983); Kurfürstendamm, Berlin (1986); Düsseldorf Art and Media Centre (1992/93); Cardiff Bay Opera House, Wales (1994); Thames Water/Royal Academy Habitable Bridge, London (1996); Rosenthal Centre for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati (1998); University of North London Holloway Road Bridge (1998); The National Centre of Contemporary Arts, Rome (1999); Bergisel Ski-jump, Innsbruck (1999); The Wolfsburg Science Centre (2000); the Maritime Ferry Terminal in Salerno, (2000); Placa de las Arts in Barcelona (2001); One-north Masterplan for Singapore’s Science Hub (2001); the Ordrupgaard Museum Extension in Copenhagen (2001); the BMW Central Plant Building in Leipzig (2002); the Price Tower Art Center, Bartlesville (2002); the Departement de l’Herault Culture Sport Building, Montpellier (2003); the new High Speed Rail Station Napoli-Afragola, Naples (2003); the Guangzhou Opera House, China (2003); a masterplan for Beijing’s Soho City, China (2003); the New EuskoTren Headquarters in Durango (2004), a new Mediatheque in Pau Pyrenees, (2004); an office tower and residential housing complex in Milan “Milano Fiera CityLife” (2004), the Memorial Walk “Boulevard der Stars” for the Berlin Film Academy, Berlin (2004), the new Riverside Transport Museum in Glasgow (2004), the new CMA CGM Headquarters in Marseille (2004), In 2005, Zaha Hadid Architects won competitions for the Neues Stadt- Casino Basel, the Architecture Foundation’s London Centre for Architecture, the London Aquatics Centre, the redesign of Eleftheria Square in Cyprus, the Nanjing Memorial Wall in China, the Zaragoza 2008 Expo Bridge and the Olebeaga Masterplan in Bilbao. Most recently in 2006, the practice has won competitions for the Issam Fares Institute at the American University of Beirut, the Seville University Library , the Kartal- Pendik Masterplan in Istanbul, the Edifici Campus Tower in Barcelona, The Opera House and Business Bay Towers in Dubai, The E.On Energy Research Center in Aachen, Germany and The Nuragic and Contemporary Art Museum in Cagliari, Italy.

    Other competition entries include large scale urban studies for Hamburg, Madrid, Bordeaux and Cologne; museum buildings in Bad Deutsch Altenburg, Austria, Madrid (Prado, Reina Sofia, Royal Palace), the Victoria & Albert Museum’s Boilerhouse Gallery, London and a Museum of Islamic Arts in Doha, Qatar, and the Asian and Oriental Gallery for the Louvre, Paris; concert halls for Copenhagen and Luxembourg; a theatre for the Hackney Empire, London and large scale multi-functional buildings for 42nd street, New York as well as for the IIT Campus in Chicago, and third prize for an event and delivery centre for BMW in Munich.


    Zaha Hadid’s built work has won her much academic and public acclaim. Her best known projects to date are the Vitra Fire Station and the LFone pavilion in Weil am Rhein, Germany (1993/1999), a housing project for IBA-Block 2 in Berlin, Germany (1993), the Mind Zone at the Millennium Dome, Greenwich, London, UK (1999), a Tram Station and Car Park in Strasbourg, France (2001), a Ski-Jump in Innsbruck, Austria (2002), the Contemporary Arts Centre, Cincinnati, US (2003), the BMW Central Building (2005) in Leipzig, Germany, the Hotel Puerta America interior in Madrid, Spain (2005) and the Ordrupgaard Museum Extension in Copenhagen, Denmark (2005), the Phaeno Science Center, Wolfsburg, Germany (2005), Lopez de Heredia Winery, Spain (2006) and the Maggie’s Centre, Fife, Scotland (2006). She has also completed furniture and interiors: Bitar, London (1985); Monsoon Restaurant, Sapporo (1990); Z-Play (2002) and Z-Scape (2000) furniture manufactured by Sawaya and Moroni; and the Tea and Coffee Towers for Alessi (2003), the Aqua Table (2005) for Established & Sons and the Vortexx Chandelier (2005) for Sawaya & Moroni. In 2006, Zaha Hadid has created the Crevasse Vase for Alessi, the Mallow Bench for ROVE, the Swarm Chandelier for Established & Sons and the Seamless Collection for Philips de Pury. Her temporary structures include: Folly in Osaka (1990); Music Video Pavilion in Groningen, Netherlands (1990); a Pavilion for Blueprint Magazine at Interbuild, Birmingham (1995); the installation Meshworks at the Villa Medici, Rome, Italy (2000) the summer pavilion for the Serpentine Gallery, London, UK (2000); and the R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Pavilion, Barcelona, Spain (2001); and a snow and ice installation at the Snow Show, Lapland (2004). Zaha Hadid has also worked on a number of stage sets: Pet Shop Boys World Tour (1999/2000); Metapolis, for Charleroi Dance production company, Belgium (2000); and Beat Furrer’s opera, Desire, commissioned by the Steirischer Herbst, Graz (2003).


    Hadid’s work is widely published in periodicals and monographs which include “Zaha Hadid: Planetary Architecture Two” (no.11, 1983); “Zaha Hadid”, AA files (no.5, 1986); “Zaha Hadid 1983-1991”, El Croquis (no.52, 1991, Madrid); “Zaha Hadid 1992-1995”, El Croquis (no. 73, 1995, Madrid); “Zaha Hadid 1996- 2001”, El Croquis (no.103, 2001, Madrid); “Zaha Hadid: The Complete Buildings and Projects” (Thames & Hudson, 1998); “Zaha Hadid -LF One” (Birkhäuser, 1999); “Architecture of Zaha Hadid in photographs by Helene Binet” (Lars Muller Publishers, 2000); “Zaha Hadid, Opere e Progetti” (Italy, 2002); “Zaha Hadid Architektur”, (MAK, Vienna, 2003); GA Document (nos. 65 and 66. Japan, 200, “Zaha Hadid Space for Art” (Lars Muller Publishers, 2004); “Zaha Hadid 1983- 2004”, El Croquis (2004, Madrid); “Digital Hadid” (Birkhauser, 2004); “Car Park and Terminus Strasbourg” (Lars Muller Publishers, 2004); “Zaha Hadid Complete Works” (Thames and Hudson, 2004). “BMW Central Building” (Princeton Architectural Press, 2006).


    Hadid’s paintings and drawings have always been an important testing field, and a medium for the exploration of her design. Major exhibitions include a retrospective at the Architectural Association, London (1983), the Guggenheim Museum, New York (1978), the GA Gallery, Tokyo (1985), “Deconstructivist Architecture” at MoMA, New York (1988), the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University (1995), Grand Central Station New York (1995), the San Francisco MoMA (1997/98), The Venice Architecture Biennale (2000), “Zaha Hadid Lounge” at the Kunstmuseum, Wolfsburg (2001), The Venice Architecture Biennale (2002), “Zaha Hadid” MAXXI in Rome (2002), “Zaha Hadid Laboratory” in Yale (2002) -the National Building Museum, Washington (2002) - Price Tower Arts Centre Gallery (2002) -and the Artists Space in New York (2003), “Zaha Hadid Architecture” MAK Exhibition Hall in Vienna (2003), The Venice Architecture Biennale (2004), “Zaha Hadid’s paintings” at the Somerset House in London (2004), the Deutsche Bank Collection at the Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin (2005), “Silver Paintings” at the ROVE Gallery, London (2005), “Zaha Hadid” Guggenheim New York (2006) and The Singapore Art Museum, Singapore (2006). Hadid’s work also forms part of the permanent collections of various institutions such as MoMA New York, MoMA San Francisco and the Deutsches Architektur Museum, Frankfurt, Germany. Exhibition designs are :’The Great Utopia’, Guggenheim Museum, New York (1992); ‘WishMachine’ at the Vienna Kunsthalle (1996); ‘Addressing the Century’ at the Hayward Gallery, London (1998); Paper Art at the Leopold-Hoesch Museum, Düren (1996); Jewellery Exhibition, Zurich (2000); “Borderline Exhibition” Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels (2000) and in the Salieri Suille Tracce di Mozart and the Palazzo Reale, Milan for the Da Ponte Institute (2005); 25 Years of Deutsche Bank Art at the Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin (2005); “Elastika’ for Design 05, Art Basel, Miami (2005); Tokyo Blossoms at The Haro Museum Installation, Tokyo (2006); The Wallpaper Magazine 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Milan (2006).


    59 Eaton Place, London -Gold Medal Architectural Design, British Architecture, 1982 Honourable Member of the Bund Deutsches Architekten, 1998 Honourable Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, 2000 Honorary Fellowship of the American Institute of Architects, 2000 Mind Zone, Millennium Dome, London - RIBA Awards 2000 Car Park and Terminus Hoenheim North, Strasbourg - Equerre d’Argent special mention, 2001 Car Park and Terminus Hoenheim North, Strasbourg - AIA UK Chapter Award, 2002 One-north Master Plan, Singapore - AIA UK Chapter Honourable Mention, 2002 Car Park and Terminus Hoenheim North, Strasbourg - Red Dot Award, 2002 Bergisel Ski-Jump, Innsbruck - Austrian State Architecture Prize, 2002 Bergisel Ski-Jump, Innsbruck -Tyrolean Architecture Award, 2002 Commander of the British Empire, CBE, 2002 Car Park and Terminus Hoenheim North, Strasbourg -Mies van der Rohe Award 2003 Architect of the year 2004, Blueprint Award Rosenthal Centre for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati - RIBA Worldwide Award 2004 Zaha Hadid, Laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize 2004 London Architect of the year, London Architectural Biennale 2004 Honorary Fellow of Columbia University, New York City 2005 Member of the Royal Academy of Arts, London 2005 RIBA Medal, European Commercial Building of the Year (BMW Central Building) 2005 Deutsche Architektur Prize, Building of the Year (BMW Central Building) 2005 Finalist for the RIBA Stirling Prize (BMW Central Building) 2005 Gold Medal for Design, International Olympic Committee (Bergisel Ski Jump) 2005 Austrian Decoration of Science and Art, Commissions of Science and Art, Austria, 2005 Designer of the Year, Design 05 Art Basel Miami, 2005 AIA UK Chapter Award (Phaeno Science Center) 2006 Honorary Doctorate, Yale University, USA 2006 RIBA Medal, European Cultural Building of the Year (Phaeno Science Centre) 2006 Honorary Doctorate, American University of Beirut 2006 Finalist for the RIBA Stirling Prize (Phaeno Science Center) 2006 RIBA Jenks Award 2006.

    Curriculum Vitae

    • 1977

    Graduated from the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London winning the prestigious AA Diploma Prize and joined Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA)

    • 1980

    Started her own practice.

    • 1982

    Awarded the Gold Medal Architectural Design, British Architecture for 59 Eaton Place, London
    Won The Peak Club Competition, Hong Kong - First Prize

    • 1992

    “Russian Avant-garde”, Exhibition Design, Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA

    • 1993

    Completion of Vitra Fire Station, Weil am Rhein, Germany
    Cardiff Bay Opera House, Cardiff, Wales - First Prize
    “Thames Water Habitable Bridge Competition”, London, Joint First Prize

    • 1998

    Completion of Landesgartenschau, Weil am Rhein, Germany
    Awarded Honorable Member of the Bund Deutsches Architekten

    • 1999

    Completion of The Mind Zone, Millennium Dome, London
    Centre for Contemporary Arts, Rome, Italy - First prize
    Phaeno Science Centre Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany - First prize

    • 2000

    Temporary Structure for the Serpentine Gallery, London
    Villa Medici Installation, Rome, Italy
    ICA Exhibition, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
    Awarded Honorable Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters
    Honorary Fellowship of the American Institute of Architects
    RIBA Awards 2000 for Mind Zone, Millennium Dome

    • 2001

    Completion of the Hoenheim-Nord Terminus, Strasbourg

    • 2002

    Honheim-Nord Terminus, Strasbourg - Awarded Equerre d’Argent
    Awarded Commander of the British Empire (CBE)

    • 2003

    Completion of the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art Cincinnati, USA
    Terminus Honheim-Nord, Strasbourg - Mies van der Rohe Award
    Zaha Hadid Architecture’ at the MAK Exhibition Hall, Vienna

    • 2004

    Laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize
    RIBA Worldwide Award “Metamorph Exhibition”
    Architectural Biennale, Venice, Italy
    “Zaha Hadid” Exhibition, Istanbul, Turkey

    • 2005
      • Completed projects:

    The BMW Central Building, Leipzig, Germany (May 13)
    The Hotel Puerta America (Interior), Madrid, Spain (July 23)
    The Ordrupgaard Museum Extension, Copenhagen, Denmark (August 29)
    The Phaeno Science Center, Wolfsburg, Germany (November 24, 2005)

      • Exhibitions:

    Deutsche Guggenheim, “25 Years of Art by Deutsche Bank” Exhibition Design, Berlin, Germany (April 2005)
    “Elastika” installation for Art Basel, Miami (December)
    “Zaha Hadid: Silver Paintings” at the ROVE Gallery, London (Oct.)

      • Awards:

    Honorary Fellow of Columbia University, New York
    Member of the Royal Academy of Arts, London
    Awarded the Deutsche Architecture Prize “Building of the Year’ for the BMW Central Building
    BMW Central Building finalist for the RIBA Stirling Prize
    UK Gold Medal for Design, International Olympic Committee (Bergisel Ski Jump) 2005
    Austrian Decoration for Science and Art, Vienna
    Designer of the Year, Design 05 Miami

    • 2006
      • Competitions Awarded:

    Business Bay Towers, Dubai (June)
    University of Seville Library, Spain (February)
    IFI: The American University of Beirut, Lebanon (February)
    Kartal-Pendik Masterplan, Istanbul, Turkey (March)
    Edifci Campus, Barcelona, Spain (April)
    E.ON Energy Research Department - RWTH Aachen, Germany (September)
    Republic Square, Almaty, Kazakhstan (November)
    Nuragic and Contemporary Art Museum, Cagliari, Italy (November)

      • Awards:

    Honorary Doctorate, Yale University USA (May)
    Honorary Doctorate, American University of Beirut (July)
    RIBA Medal, European Cultural Building of the Year (Phaeno Science Center, June)
    RIBA Jencks Award (October)
    Leaf Awards 2006 - Leading European Architects Forum Award for Best Structural Design (Phaeno Science Center, October)
    Finalist for the RIBA Stirling Prize (Phaeno Science Center)

      • Exhibitions:

    Haro Museum, “25 Years of the Deutsche Bank Collection”, Tokyo, Japan
    The Wallpaper* “Global Edit’, Salone, Milan, Italy
    “Zaha Hadid”, Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
    “All the Best” Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

    Project List

    • Built
      • Vitra Fire Station - Weil am Rhein - Germany - 1993
      • LFOne / Landesgartenschau - Weil am Rhein - Germany - 1999
      • Mind Zone, Millennium Dome - London - UK - 1999
      • Hoenheim Nord Terminus - Strasbourg - France - 2001
      • Bergisel Ski Jump - Innsbruck - Austria - 2002
      • Rosenthal Centre for Contemporary Art - Cincinnati - USA - 2003
      • BMW Central Building - Leipzig - Germany - 2005
      • Phaeno Science Center - Wolfsburg - Germany - 2005
      • Hotel Puerta America - Madrid - Spain - 2005
      • Spittelau Viaducts Housing - Vienna - Austria - 2005
      • Ordrupgaard Museum Extention - Copenhagen - Denmark - 2005
      • BMW Showroom - Leipzig - Germany - 2006
      • Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre - Kirkcaldy - UK - 2006
      • R Lopez de Heredia Winery - Haro - Spain - 2006
    • Under Construction
      • Innsbrucker Nordkettenbahn Stations - Innsbruck - Austria - 2007
      • Salerno Maritime Terminal - Salerno - Italy - 2008
      • Pierre Vives Building - Montpellier - France - 2008
      • Main Gateway Bridge - Abu Dhabi - UAE - 2008
      • MAXXI: Centre of Contemporary Arts - Rome - Italy - 2008
      • The Architecture Foundation - London - UK - 2008
      • IFI: The American University of Beirut - Beirut - Lebanon - 2008
      • University of Seville Library - Seville - Spain - 2008
      • Guangzhou Opera House - Guangzhou - China - 2008
      • Zaragoza Bridge Pavilion - Zaragoza - Spain - 2008
      • Riverside Museum of Transport - Glasgow - Scotland - 2008
      • CMA CGM Headquarters - Marseilles - France - 2008
      • Napoli-Afragola High-Speed Train Station - Naples - Italy - 2008
      • Neues Stadt Casino/Concert Hall - Basel - Switzerland - 2009
      • Olympic Aquatic Centre - London - UK - 2011
      • Milano Fiera Masterplan & Tower - Milan - Italy - 2014
      • One-North Masterplan - Singapore - Singapore - 2021
      • H27 Housing - Florence - Italy - tbc
      • Kartal Pendik Masterplan - Istanbul - Turkey - tbc
      • Price Tower Arts Centre - Bartlesville - USA - tbc
      • Zorrozaurre Masterplan - Bilbao - Spain - tbc
      • New Eusko Tren Headquarters - Durango - Spain - tbc
      • 33 - 34 Hoxton Square London UK - tbc
      • Moscow River Residential Tower - Moscow - Russia - tbc
      • Boulevard Der Stars - Berlin - Germany - tbc
      • Olabeaga Masterplan - Bilbao - Spain - tbc
      • Eleftheria Square - Nicossia - Cyprus - tbc
      • Nanjing Memorial Wall - Nanjing - China - tbc
      • Edifici Campus Spiralling Tower - Barcelona - Spain - tbc
      • Business Bay Towers - Dubai - UAE - tbc
      • Dubai Opera House - Dubai - UAE - tbc
      • E.on Energy Research Centre - Aachen - Germany - tbc
      • Republic Square - Almaty - Kazakhstan - tbc
      • Nuragic and Contemporary Art Museum - Cagliari - Italy - tbc
    • Major Exhibitions
      • The Great Utopia, Guggenheim - New York - USA - 1992
      • Ice Storm, MAK - Vienna - Austria - 2003
      • Latent Utopias, Graz Festival - Graz - Vienna - 2003
      • Snow Show - Lapland - Finland - 2004
      • “25 Years of Art” Deutsche Guggenheim - Berlin - Germany - 2005
      • Salieri Sulle Tracce di Mozart - Milan - Italy - 2005
      • “Elastika” for Design ‘05 / Art Basel Miami - Miami - USA - 2005
      • Tokyo Blossoms, Hara Museum - Tokyo - Japan - 2006
      • “Zaha Hadid”, Guggenheim Museum - New York - USA - 2006
      • “25 Years of Art” Singapore Art Museum - Singapore - Singapore - 2006


    From “Zaha Hadid - Biography, Curriculum Vitae & Project List” - November ‘06, provided by Zaha Hadid Architects - Copyright © Zaha Hadid Architects.



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