MIAMI, March 31 (UPI) — World-renowned architect Zaha Hadid, known as “The Queen of Curves” for her modern curved building designs, has died at age 65 after a heart attack.
The Iraqi-born British architect, the first woman to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004, died Thursday in a Miami hospital after being admitted for bronchitis and suffering a sudden heart attack. She lived and worked in London.
Her noteworthy designs include the aquatic center for the 2012 London Olympics, the Guangzhou Opera House in China, the Vitra Fire Station in Weil Am Rhein, Germany, and the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati.
“Clients, journalists, fellow professionals are mesmerized by her dynamic forms and strategies for achieving a truly distinctive approach to architecture and its settings,” The Pritzker jury said in her award. The award is known as the Nobel prize of architecture. “Each new project is more audacious than the last and the sources of her originality seem endless.”
Born in Baghdad, she studied at the Architectural Association in London and has held prestigious posts at universities including Harvard and Yale. She established her own practice in 1979.