Dame Zaha-Hadid

Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid DBE RA made a significant impact on the male-dominated British architecture world. She became the first woman to receive the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004. Hadid also received the UK’s top architectural award, the Stirling Prize, in both 2010 and 2011. In 2012, she was honoured as a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II for her services to architecture. Tragically, she passed away in March 2016.

She was the first and only woman to receive the Royal Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects. Additionally, she was honoured with the UK’s most prestigious architectural award, the Stirling Prize, in both 2010 and 2011.

Described by The Guardian of London as the “Queen of the curve,” she “liberated architectural geometry, giving it a whole new expressive identity.” Some of her major works include the London Aquatics Centre for the 2012 Olympics, Michigan State University’s Broad Art Museum in the US, the MAXXI Museum in Rome, the Guangzhou Opera House in China, and the Beijing Daxing International Airport in China.

Several of her awards, including the statuette for the 2017 Brit Awards, were presented posthumously. At the time of her death, some of her buildings were still under construction, including the Daxing airport and the Al Wakrah Stadium in Qatar, a venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

She remains an inspiration to migrants aspiring to succeed in the UK.