Dame Zaha Hadid is a London-based architect who consistently pushes the boundaries of architecture and urban design. Her work experiments with spatial quality, extending and intensifying existing landscapes in the pursuit of a visionary aesthetic that encompasses all fields of design, ranging from urban scale through to products, interiors and furniture.
Zaha Hadid, the founder of Zaha Hadid
Architects, was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004 and is internationally known 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 to
experimentation with cutting edge technologies.
Such a process often results in unexpected and dynamic architectural
Hadid studied architecture at the
Architectural Association from 1972 and was awarded the Diploma Prize in 1977. She 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. Zaha Hadid’s work of the past 30
years was the subject of critically-acclaimed retrospective exhibitions at New
York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 2006, London’s Design Museum in 2007 and
the Palazzo della Ragione, Padua, Italy in 2009.
She passed away on March 31, 2016 in Miami, Florida.
Learning (Issam Fares Institute) in Architecture and Plurality. Edited by Mohsen Mostafavi. Zurich: Lars Muller Publishers, 2016.
This publication features the winners and shortlisted projects for the 13h cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.
This book brings together a diverse range of exemplary architectural projects from across the globe. Carefully selected and examined by a team of experts, these projects demonstrate innovative approaches that respond to the challenges and potentials of contemporary conditions and contexts.
One guiding principle of this 13th Cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture is the importance of plurality. Since its inception the Award has aimed to be inclusive and to embrace the engagement of a diverse group of users. But equally, it has sought projects that explore a plurality of methods and architecture in achieving that goal.
Here, the authors of the essays use that productive tension between architecture and plurality not only to provide a framework for the examination of the projects but also to explore the intellectual and projective means by which architecture are plurality can find other common grounds in the future.