ZAHA HADID – AGAINST ALL ODDS

t2As the world mourns the demise of Zaha Hadid, the greatest female architect of our time, Asian Property Review honours her by remembering her achievements including some of her most iconic projects in Asia.

Words by Isabelle Pinto | Photography by various

On the 31st of March, shock and gloom filled the architectural arena as it faced the loss of one of its most iconic contenders in architectural history. At a mere age of 65, world-renowned Britain-based architect, Zaha Hadid breathed her last and passed on from this world after a sudden heart attack while being treated for bronchitis.

As one of the top architects in the industry similar to the likes of starchitects Frank Gehry and Ole Scheeren, the architectural genius is not only well-known for her innovative and iconic architectural works but is also highly revered for being one of the very few women who dared to set foot in this male-dominated profession, and emerged victorious in the field. Besides being a woman, she also breaks all conceptions as an Iraqi-born Arab as well as Muslim, and therefore, had to face various prejudices.

Born in Baghdad in 1950, Zaha went on to pursue her studies at London’s Architectural Association where she graduated in 1977. She then joined her former professors, Rem Koolhaas and Elia Zenghelis at OMA, after which she moved on to set up her own firm, Zaha Hadid Architects in 1979.

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