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Zaha Hadid - 'From Birth till the RIBA Royal Gold Medal'By Niveditha Ravikumar
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Ironically, Zaha Hadid's love for 'ASYMMETRY' and 'DESIGN' rarely allows her to use the word 'space' while talking about her designs. Her extensive contribution to her own style of modern Architecture knows no bounds!
Zaha Hadid is now the recipient of the 2016 RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Royal Gold Medal !
Know about few (because there are plenty!) of her noteworthy years from her birth till the 2016 RIBA Royal Gold Medal received by her on the 24th of September 2015!
1950 – Her legacy began when she was born on the 31st of October, 1950 in Baghdad, Iraq, to an upper-class
family of Sunni Muslim Arabs.
1968 – After her schooling at Baghdad, Switzerland and Great Britain, she returned to the Middle East to
study mathematics at the American University in Beirut.
1971 – She returned to Britain to study Architecture at the Architectural Association, London.
1977 – She became partners with her former professors, Rem Koolhaas & Zenghelis, at the office for Metropolitan
Architecture, in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
1980 – She started her own practice, 'Zaha Hadid Architects' in London.
1983 – Her career took off when she won the prestigious HongKong Peak Club Design Competition.
1993 – She completed the Vitra Fire station in Germany, which started functioning the same year.
1994 – She continued to be an academician and held three teaching positions in the US, including the Kenzo
Tange Chair at the Harvard University's School of Design.
2000 – She received the Honorary Fellowship of the American Institute of Architects.
2002 – She won the International Design Competition for Singapore's 'One – North' master plan.
2004 – She became the first female and Muslim recipient of the Pritzker Architectural Prize.
– 'A day with Zaha Hadid', a 52-minute documentary was made by Michael Blackwood.
– She also designed the London Aquatics Centre, even before London won the bid for the Summer Olympics.
2005 – She won the competition for the new city of casino of Basel, Switzerland.
2007 – She designed the Moon System Sofa for the leading Italian Furniture manufacturer B&B Italia.
2008 – She was one among the Forbes' World's 100 Most Powerful Women.
2010 – She got her first project in her native Iraq; to design the new building for the Central Bank of Iraq.
– She received the RIBA Stirling prize for the first time, for the design of MAXXI Museum.
2011 – She received the RIBA Stirling prize for the second time, for the design of Evelyn Grace Academy.
2012 – She was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire for achievements in Architecture.
2013 – She was listed as one of the best-dressed over 50's by The Guardian.
2014 – She started the design of the 2022 FIFA World Cup stadium design (Qatar).
2015 – She becomes the first woman to become the 2016 recipient of the 'RIBA Royal Gold Medal for Architecture.
– She also abandons a bid for the new 2020 Olympic Stadium at Tokyo.
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