Cutting Edge Architect Zaha Hadid wows us again by including her in the list of Global Thought Leaders 2015
The World Post, the international partner of the Huffington Post, ranked Zaha Hadid at number 26 on its list of Global Thought Leaders 2015 – one of only 12 women to make the list. The list, compiled by the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute (GDI) and The World Post, in conjunction with Peter Gloor, a research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, identifies the most important pacemakers of global conversation and their prominence and influence within world-wide networks such as Twitter, Wikipedia, and blogs.
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Dame Zaha Hadid (born October 31, 1950, Baghdad, Iraq), After graduating from the Architectural Association in 1977, she joined her former professors, Rem Koolhaas and Elia Zenghelis, at OMA. In 1979 she established her own studio – Zaha Hadid Architects – which she runs with office partner Patrik Schumacher.
Iraqi-born British architect known for her radical deconstructivist designs. In 2004 she became the first woman recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize. She received the Stirling Prize in 2010 and 2011. In 2012 she was made a dame. In 2014 the Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center, designed by her, won the Design Museum Design of the Year Award, making her the first woman to win the top prize in that competition. In 2015 she became the first woman to be awarded the RIBA Gold Medal in her own right.
Her buildings are distinctively Neofuturistic, characterised by the “powerful, curving forms of her elongated structures” with “multiple perspective points and fragmented geometry to evoke the chaos of modern life”. She is currently professor at the University of Applied Arts Vienna in Austria.