Dame Zaha Hadid

Dame Zaha Hadid

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

By Sarah Murray

Few architects have become household names; "celebrity architect" doesn't have quite the same ring to it as "celebrity chef." But there are a few contemporary architects who have, through a lifetime of beautiful works and dynamic design, made a mark with their works on cities the globe over.

As part of Queen Elizabeth II's birthday honors, Zaha Hadid was bestowed the title of Dame of the Order of the British Empire for her work in architecture. Born in Iraq, Hadid became a British citizen after moving to London to study architecture at the Architectural Association School of Architecture.

Her many notable buildings include the Maxxi Museum in Rome, for which she received a Stirling Prize in 2010, the Guangzhou Opera House, and the Evelyn Grace Academy in Brixton, which earned her the Stirling Prize for the second year in a row. Of her lengthy list of awards, two notable accomplishments are the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004 and Time Magazine’s “The World’s 100 Most Influential People” in 2010.

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