We’re sad to say that it’s being reported that Zaha Hadid, who is widely regarded to be the greatest female architect in the world, has died at age 65.
The renowned artist, whose creations include China’s Guangzhou Opera House, Rome’s MAXXI National Museum of the 21st Century Arts, and the London Olympic Aquatic Centre, died early Thursday after a heart attack.
According to Roger Howie, head of press for Zaha Hadid Architects, the award-winning architect “contracted bronchitis earlier this week and suffered a sudden heart attack while being treated in hospital.”
Born in Baghdad in 1950, Hadid went on to become one of the most celebrated architects of this generation, known for her iconic neo-futuristic style.
The trailblazing designer became the first woman and first Muslim to win the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize — and in 2015, became the first woman to ever receive the RIBA Gold Medal!
When she collected her award, the Dame said she was proud to leave a trail for other female architects to follow in her footsteps, saying:
“We now see more established female architects all the time. That doesn’t mean it’s easy. Sometimes the challenges are immense. There has been tremendous change over recent years and we will continue this progress.”
Wo — what an accomplished career!
Surely, Dame Zaha will continue to inspire many.
Our hearts go out to her loved ones at this difficult time.
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