Zaha Hadid studied architecture at the Architectural Association School in London from 1972, and graduated in 1977.
She is the founder of Zaha Hadid Architects, and is internationally renowned for both her theoretical and academic work. Each of her dynamic and innovative projects builds on over thirty years of revolutionary exploration and research in the interrelated fields of urbanism, architecture and design. Hadid’s interest lies in the rigorous interface between architecture, landscape and geology, as her practice integrates natural topography and human-made systems, leading her to experiment with cutting-edge technologies. This process often results in unexpected and dynamic architectural forms.
She was made a partner of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), and taught at the Architectural Association, together with OMA founding partners Rem Koolhaas and Elia Zenghelis, and later led her own studio at the AA until 1987. 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.
Zaha Hadid was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize (considered to be the Nobel Prize of architecture) in 2004, and her work of the past 30 years has been the subject of critically-acclaimed retrospective exhibitions. Hadid’s outstanding contribution to the architectural profession continues to be acknowledged by the most world’s most respected institutions. TIME magazine included her in their 2010 list of the ‘100 Most Influential People in the World’ in the Thinkers category.