Dame Zaha Hadid (born October 31, 1950, Baghdad, Iraq—died March 31, 2016, Miami, Florida, U.S.) was an Iraqi-born British architect known for her radical deconstructivist designs. In 2004 she became the first woman to be awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize.
Hadid began her studies at the American University in Beirut, Lebanon, receiving a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. In 1972 she traveled to London to study at the Architectural Association, a major centre of progressive architectural thought during the 1970s.
Her other works from this period include a housing project for IBA Housing (1989–93) in Berlin, the Mind Zone exhibition space (1999) at the Millennium Dome in Greenwich, London, and the Land Formation One exhibition space (1997–99) in Weil am Rhein.
She became famous for her futuristic architecture characterized by curves, sharp angles, and severe materials such as concrete and steel. In all her projects, Hadid further explored her interest in creating interconnecting spaces and a dynamic sculptural form of architecture.