Zaha Hadid, one of the world's most visionary architects, has died at age 65. According to Hadid's firm, she suffered from a heart attack early Thursday morning while undergoing treatment for bronchitis at a Miami hospital. Earlier this year, Hadid became the first woman to receive the 2016 Royal Gold Medal in architecture. She was highly regarded as one of the most iconoclastic architects of our time.
Hadid was born in Baghdad in 1950 and studied mathematics at the American University of Beirut; she began her illustrious career in architecture at the Architectural Association in London in 1972. Her firm Zaha Hadid Architects became one of the world’s most prominent architecture firms, completing such notable projects as the 2012 London Olympic Stadium, the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, and the very controversial, futuristic design for Tokyo’s Olympic stadium.
Hadid was known for her futuristic designs with sweeping curvatures, and her firm pushed the boundaries of architectural design in an energetic and exuberant way. Along with being awarded the RIBA Royal Gold Medal, she was also the first woman to be awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize.
The details of her memorial service are soon to follow.