congratulation to zaha hadid

zaha hadid has become the first woman to earn the royal gold medal, the prestigious prize awarded by the royal institute of british architects and personally approved by her majesty the queen.

awarded since 1848, previous recipients include frak gehry (2000), norman foster (1983), frank lloyd wright (1941) and sir george gilbert scott (1859).

like her predecessors, hadid shares ‘the precious role of towering, distinctive and relentless influence upon all around her that sets the results apart from the norm’, explains professor sir peter cook, 2004 recipient of the royal gold medal and selection committee member.

to say hadid’s work ‘stands out’ is an epic understatement at worst and gross misconception at best. fluidity, biology, avant-garde, mould-breaking, futuristic, daring – and expensive – are all terms that make perfect sense when describing her work. building impressive structures from the swiss alps to UAE, the ‘zaha’ brand has been showered with accolades and medals, twice receiving the RIBA stirling prize – for the MAXXI museum in rome and the evelyn grace academy school in brixton – and she was the first woman to be awarded the pritzker prize more than a decade ago.

zahahadid_heydar-aliyev-center-baku_photo-huftoncrowphoto: hufton + crow

photo: mary mccartnbey

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