Ms. 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.
In 2003, the Government of Qatar, through the National Council for Culture, Arts, and Heritage, is in the process of transforming the Doha Corniche into an international arts and culture centre for the Gulf region. The Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) is assisting the National Council for Culture, Arts, and Heritage in this endeavour.
The Corniche is composed of a narrow pedestrian strip, extending 7.5km along Doha Bay from the Sheraton Hotel at the north end to the Marriot Hotel at the south, past Dhow harbour and the Doha Port facilities. A belt of prestigious administrative, cultural and commercial facilities and parks line the Al Corniche Road, a dual carriageway running parallel to the pedestrian strip. The regeneration process is intended to enhance the quality of urban living along the Corniche and to provide an international culture and arts identity through innovative, culturally appropriate and environmentally sensitive urban planning and landscaping, highlighted by selected landmark projects of international significance.
The process was a competition involving six architects of international renown who were invited to respond to the detailed brief. The architects were:
Patrick Berger Zaha Hadid Kamel Louafi Jean Nouvel D. Paysage Architects Martha Schwartz Inc.