Dame Zaha Hadid dies aged 65
March 31 2016first woman to pick up a RIBA gold medal.
The Iraqi born architect had been in a Miami hospital receiving treatment for bronchitis at the time of her death.
Hadid founded her eponymous practice in London back in 1979, going onto build a name for herself through a radical embrace of software and technologies to create buildings including MAXXI: Italian National Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome (2009), the London Aquatics Centre for the 2012 Olympic Games (2011) and Glasgow’s Transport Museum (also in 2011).
To mark the architects passing creative agency Frame projected a glowing tribute to onto the walls of the Transport Museum.
Frame’s creative director Angus Walker said: “Zaha was the wrong sex, colour and religion for the establishment at the time she started her own practice as a 23-year old. It seemed fitting that we should do something for this wrong-side-of-the-tracks talented upstart. I looked up at the stars on that bright Clyde-side night and felt grateful for all the talent and graft this city has seen whether born here or welcomed here.”
Alongside that success Hadid served as a champion for women in the profession, with surveys indicating that a mere 15 per cent of those employed in the property and construction sector are female.
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