Why Zaha Hadid's gender and ethnicity mattered so much
"It's a triple whammy," [Hadid] told the BBC Radio 4 in February. "I'm a woman, which is a problem to many people. I'm a foreigner — another problem. And I do work which is not normative, which is not what they expect. Together, it becomes difficult."
Like any high-profile architect, Hadid was expected to produce strong, functional designs. But as a woman, she also faced the added pressure of having her work interpreted as some sort of gender statement.
— Los Angeles Times
More on Archinect:Zaha on Zaha: "I always thought, you know, I should do well because the work is good."“We just loved her”: Frank Gehry remembers Zaha HadidFun game: spot the double-standards in this Zaha-bashing piece!Zaha Hadid: 'Being an Arab and a woman is a double-edged sword' View full entry
The extra-architectural ventures of Zaha Hadid
Zaha Hadid will rightfully go down in history for the tremendous mark she made on architecture. But buildings weren't the only things she designed.In fact, for the majority of her career, she worked at smaller scales, whether with painting, furniture design, or some other venture. One of her first... View full entry
A recollection of some of Zaha Hadid's recent prestigious accolades
Zaha Hadid was a daring creative force from the very beginning...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.
Archinect's sister site Bustler rounded up some previous coverage on Hadid's accolades and award-winning projects that she and her firm have won over the last few years. For more Archinect coverage on Zaha Hadid's passing:“We just loved her”: Frank Gehry remembers Zaha HadidThe architecture... View full entry
“We just loved her”: Frank Gehry remembers Zaha Hadid
When news broke on Thursday morning that architect Zaha Hadid had died, she was quickly mourned by a trio of her peers: Frank Gehry and Joseph Giovannini sat together over breakfast and called Robert A.M. Stern to have a group cry.
“We just loved her,” Gehry tells TIME. “We’d just seen her a few weeks ago at Yale,” where he and Hadid were teaching concurrent studios. “It’s one of the things we do—we time them so we’re all together at Yale at the same time so we can sort of hang out.”
In a touching piece, TIME records Frank Gehry's reactions to the death of Zaha Hadid, a close personal friend and colleague.Gehry helped Hadid obtain her first major commission, the Vitra Fire Station in Germany. “She did an extraordinary job with it,” Gehry recalls. “Everybody was... View full entry
The remarkable early paintings of the late Dame Zaha Hadid
Before Zaha Hadid completed her first built work, the Vitra Fire Station in Weil am Rhein, Germany, in 1994, she was largely considered to be a paper architect – but one whose paintings, with their magnificent treatment of scale, geometry and landscape, established her as an artistic force to be... View full entry
The architecture community reacts to Dame Hadid's death on social media
Dame Zaha Hadid, the pioneering architect, passed away earlier today. Architects, critics and other members of the larger cultural community have taken to Twitter and other social media to express their shock and grief.Here are some of the reactions – we'll add more throughout the day: View full entry
Zaha on Zaha: "I always thought, you know, I should do well because the work is good."
What was it like to be Zaha Hadid? From teaching to developing her vision to turning down an opportunity to work with Rem Koolhaas, in this remembrance we collect a few of Zaha's first-person writings and interviews about her life and work from her unparalleled, groundbreaking career. On being a... View full entry
"Dame Zaha Hadid was an inspirational woman, and the kind of architect one can only dream of being"
Visionary and highly experimental, her legacy despite her young age, is formidable. She leaves behind a body of work from buildings to furniture, footwear and cars, that delight and astound people all around the world.
RIBA President Jane Duncan comments on the sudden passing of Dame Zaha Hadid DBE View full entry
Zaha Hadid Dies at Age 65
She died of a heart attack on Thursday in a Miami hospital, where she was being treated for bronchitis.
— BBC News
Zaha Hadid passed away Thursday from an apparent heart attack in Miami, Florida. She was being treated in a hospital at the time. Update: Zaha Hadid's office has released an official statement on their website as follows: ZAHA HADID 1950-2016It is with great sadness that Zaha Hadid Architects... View full entry
Sir Peter Cook-designed drawing studio at the Arts University Bournemouth opened today
The Art University Bournemouth’s new drawing studio, designed by alumnus Sir Peter Cook, is to be officially today by Zaha Hadid. It is the first purpose-built drawing studio to open in the UK for 100 years and is the renowned architect and founding member of radical collective Archigram’s first building in the country.
The curved studio has been designed to emphasise natural light [...] there is a large circular north-light and a rear clerestory, which provides softer light.
Here are a few more images of the delightful little structure (via CRAB studio's website):Related news and feature stories on Archinect:Conversation with Peter Cook on the State of ThingsIn new exhibition, Sir Peter Cook reflects on architecture's possibilitiesExtraordinarily Beautiful... View full entry
From Bryan Ferry to Sam Smith, Dame Zaha Hadid shares a few of her favorite tracks on BBC's Desert Island Discs
I don't think anyone would have predicted her love of Midnight Cowboy. Hadid and Kirsty Young, host of BBC Radio 4's "Desert Island Discs", discuss the Pritzker Prize-winning architect's childhood in Baghdad and London, how she deals with conflict, and the evolution of her career, pausing... View full entry
What's the Big Deal‽ – Assemble, Serpentine and YAP winners, and BIG controversy on Archinect Sessions #52, with special guest co-host Will Galloway
Long-time Archinector and reliably sane commentator Will Galloway joins us from his base in Tokyo to discuss the weekly news, including his interview with Assemble, crucially taking place mere weeks before they won the Turner Prize. While news from Bjarke Ingels Group commanded the feistiest... View full entry
Zaha Hadid joins the ranks of RIBA Gold Medalists
Following RIBA's announcement back in September, Zaha Hadid was presented with the 2016 Royal Gold Medal yesterday evening...Though particular projects in her practice haven't been without its disputes, Hadid has long been a force in the architectural field. 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.
More on Archinect:Zaha Hadid announced as winner of 2016 Royal Gold MedalSheila O'Donnell + John Tuomey win 2015 RIBA Gold Medal for ArchitectureArchitectural historian Joseph Rykwert receives 2014 Royal Gold Medal for Architecture View full entry
Zaha Hadid: 'Qatari situation' doesn't apply to her stadium site
In an interview with The Times, Dame Zaha Hadid said that the Qataris “should do something” about the issue of migrant workers. [...]
“I’m not a defender of the Qatari situation, but it’s important to get the facts right and then we can discuss it. I’m very happy that the press make the government aware of problems on certain sites. But it doesn’t apply to this site.”
To read the full (paywalled) The Times interview with Dame Hadid, click here.Previously in the Archinect news:"7,000 construction workers will die in Qatar before a ball is kicked in the 2022 World Cup," new ITUC report findsZaha Hadid defends Qatar World Cup role following migrant worker... View full entry
"The Haves and the Have Nots" – digesting the most important news of the week that was, on Archinect Sessions #49
As last week's episode was taken up by Pritzker-hooplah, this episode takes a look back at the major news items of the last week(ish) and gets you caught up with what's been happening in Archinect news.We discuss: the recent photo exhibition on homelessness at USC (which closes tomorrow!); the... View full entry