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Architects and designers pay tributes to Zaha Hadid

United Kingdom Architecture News - Apr 1, 2016 - 13:54   6358 views

On March 31, 2016, world renowned architect Zaha Hadid passed away from heart attack in Miami, Florida where she was being treated in a hospital at the time. The loss of Zaha Hadid was a shock in the world of architecture. Zaha Hadid was a great architect reaching global success as the most successful woman and helped to pave the way for women in architecture. Hadid born in Iraqi in 1950. She studied mathematics at the American University of Beirut before moving to London in 1972 to attend the Architectural Association (AA) school where she was awarded the Diploma Prize in 1977. After she established Zaha Hadid Architects in 1979, Patrick Schumacher attended to Zaha Hadid Architects in 1988 as a company director and senior designer. 

Zaha Hadid Architects work at all scales in all sectors creating transformative cultural, corporate, residential and other spaces that work in synchronicity with their surroundings. Each of her dynamic and innovative projects builds on over thirty years of revolutionary experimentation and research in the interrelated fields of urbanism, architecture and design. 

Zaha Hadid became the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize (2004) and received the Stirling Prize in 2010 and 2011. In 2012, she was created a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire and in 2015 she became the first woman to be awarded the RIBA Gold Medal in her own right. 

After this schoking news, the profession has left tributes to Zaha Hadid through social media praising her peerless personality and architecture: 

''We are all shocked and devastated that we lost Zaha today, a most beautiful individual, talent, leader and friend...many thanks to all of you who express their sympathy and share this moment of grief with me!''- Patrick Schumacher. 

 “Great architect, great person.”- Frank Gehry

''It is with great sadness that I learn the death of Zaha Hadid, a very great lady. This is a black day for the Architecture''- Manuelle Gautrand.

''Our sincere condoleance to her family, friends and colleagues''- Renzo Piano Building Workshop.

''I’m actually praying the BBC is wrong. This is tragic. I am literally tearing up. (And yes, I had many issues with her work.)''- Alexandra Lange.

''Shocked and deeply saddened to hear the news of Zaha Hadid's death: one of the great architectural figures of our time''- Paul Goldberger. 

''So bad to lose Zaha so early. I hope her spirit lives on''-Will Alsop

''Joining the world in remembering and celebrating Zaha Hadid''-ShoP Architects

''AJN presents its sincere condolences to Zaha Hadid's relatives and teams for this cruel loss. Our sadness is immense Zaha Hadid Architects'' –Studio Jean Nouvel.

''Devastated by the loss of a great architect & colleague today. Her spirit will live on in her work and studio. Our hearts go out. She is one of a kind''- Ming Cheng. 

''Genuinely shocked and saddened to hear about the death of Zaha Hadid she was a true maverickarchitects Architecture has lost its Queen!'' -Alex Scott-Whitby 

''what is most impressive about Zaha Hadid for me is her tenacity and dedication to her own ideas, so rare to see this commitment today''- Karl Sharro. 

''Zaha. Shocking. Way too soon. Niemeyer was 104, FFS''-Catherine Slessor. 

''In Memory of Zaha Hadid

My mentor Zaha Hadid's life was an inspiring story of fighting for independence, equality and respect, while battling for progress and change. She loved and embraced the world with sensitivity and criticality. Many understood her bold determination and unequivocal perspective. Her stunning works captured the world as an optimistic and beautiful place, and enabled architecture to captivate new audiences. As her student 15 years ago, I was inspired and encoured by her strengths and visions, and she will always continue to inspire both myself and everyone who experiences her work''- Ma Yansong, MAD Architects. 

''Zaha was a very great friend and colleague. When I was at the AA, she was an enormously influential, inspiring and encouraging tutor. In more recent years, she had become a truly great friend who I will dearly miss. She was a formidable force and influence within the profession. Her strength and determination were second to none and what she has done for women in architecture will never be forgotten. My heartfelt sympathies go out to her family, friends and of course, her studio at this incredibly difficult time'' -Ben van Berkel

''Shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the sudden death of Zaha Hadid. Respect for her great architectural works all over the world''-Francine Houben, Mecanoo.

''Shocking news. A legend has passed. Our thoughts are with her family. #RIPZaha''- HDR Architecture.

''We are all incredibly sad to hear about the loss of Zaha Hadid. Our thoughts are with her family, friends and colleagues. May she rest in peace''- BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group.

''Legendary architect Zaha Hadid has passed away, but her legacy will never be forgotten''- Eskew+Dumez+Ripple.

''Shocked and saddened to hear the news of Zaha Hadid's passing''- Ehrlich Architects.

''We join the world’s design community in mourning the loss of a legend''- HOK.

''Zaha Hadid has left an indelible legacy. SOM offers heartfelt condolences to her family, friends, and colleagues''- SOM

''It is with deep sadness that we heard the news about the death of Zaha Hadid, an architect who had such a profound effect in our field. She was the swoosh of architecture, a role model for generations of architects, a unique designer whose unprecedented influences stretched right across the globe. Her style was her own, finding the blend of organic and cutting edge, and has inspired a whole new typology of design, from buildings to furniture.

Zaha won a number of competitions from us yet we always stayed in touch, she was generous to younger architects and to us she was a precious mentor, friend and colleague.

We’d like to thank her for her contributions, for the inspiration and for doing all that she did for the architecture world.'' -MVRDV

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