Tributes to the one and only Dame Zaha Hadid continue to flood social media, upon the deeply saddening news of the architect's death from a heart attack at the age of 65 early Thursday morning in Miami. Zaha was a daring creative force from the very beginning. From her bold designs to her blunt words, she attracted both great acclaim and heated criticism. She had the ability to consistently shake things up in the architecture world — and leave a lasting influence.
Throughout her extensive decorative career, Zaha Hadid received an abundance of awards including the 2004 Pritzker Prize and most recently the 2016 RIBA Gold Medal — being the first woman architect to win both awards in her own right. Bustler rounded up some of our previous coverage on Zaha Hadid's accolades and award-winning projects that she and her firm have won over the last few years.
Following RIBA's announcement back in September, Zaha Hadid was presented with the 2016 Royal Gold Medal. Being the first woman to win on her own accord, the RIBA Gold Medal is a crown jewel to Hadid's illustrious career, as well as another major highlight for women in architecture. "We now see more established female architects all the time. That doesn’t mean it’s easy. Sometimes the challenges are immense, " Hadid stated upon receiving the award. "There has been tremendous change over recent years and we will continue this progress."
In last year's New London Architecture Awards, the British-born Hadid was distinguished as the 2015 New Londoner of the Year for her contributions to the London design community on a national and international level.
in 2009, Zaha Hadid was named the Praemium Imperiale laureate. "It is indeed an honor to receive this recognition from the Japan Art Association," Hadid said. "Working in Japan has been critical to the development of my work around the world. I will always be grateful for this support early in my career".
Hadid was the first woman to win the Design Museum's Designs of the Year Award 2014 with her Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan. Another first in the 2014 competition was that the Heydar Aliyev Center is the first architectural project to win the widely recognized award.
Zaha Hadid Architects' overall winning entry for the New National Stadium Japan in Tokyo beat out tough competition from other well-known finalists including SANAA, Toyo Ito, UNStudio, Populous, and Cox Architecture. The stadium was originally scheduled for completion in 2018, before the project was struck with a huge wave of controversy when ZHA's design was scrapped last summer.
Although it may appear that skyscrapers are all about "Who can build the tallest tower?", the Emporis Skyscraper Award is a reminder that fusing function and smart aesthetics are essential at any height. Since 2000, the Emporis Skyscraper Award highlights outstanding skyscraper design worldwide. The towering trio of skyscrapers that make up the Wangjing SOHO complex by Zaha Hadid Architects won first place, therefore becoming the first project in China to win the award.
The Library and Learning Center at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration
The Library and Learning Center at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration campus (WU Wien) was selected as one of the RIBA European Award recipients in 2014. Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, who won the project in a 2008 competition, one notable feature of the educational building is ARUP's lighting design, which serves as a complementing element to ZHA's recognizable aesthetic.
The Riverside Museum: Scotland’s Museum of Transport in Glasgow
After opening in 2011, the Riverside Museum in Glasgow received an ample of amount of recognition, including the European Museum Academy Micheletti Award in 2012, followed by the prestigious European Museum of the Year Award in 2013.
Hadid first won the RIBA's prestigious Stirling Prize in 2010 for the MAXXI Museum. The competition jury described the project as "her best work to date" and as a "mature piece of architecture [that is the] quintessence of Zaha’s constant attempt to create a landscape as a series of cavernous spaces drawn with a free, roving line."
The following year, ZHA won the Stirling Prize yet again, this time with the distinctive Evelyn Grace Academy secondary school. Squeezed onto a 1.4 hectare site, the school features Zaha's signature use of highly stylized zig-zag designs of steel and glass.
In 2011, Zaha was named the recipient of the Aenne Burda Award for Creative Leadership, which honors women for outstanding entrepreneurial and creative achievement. "She's unafraid to disrupt, she's very optimistic. Today we celebrate her incredible optimism," said former RISD President John Maeda, who delivered the honorific address on Zaha during the award ceremony in Munich.
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