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>> Dame Mohammed Zaha Hadid, 'world's greatest female architect', dies At 65

First female winner of Pritzker Prize
designed several buildings, including a
stadium under construction in Qatar.


Iraqi-born British architect Zaha Hadid,
the first female winner of the top
Pritzker Architecture Prize, has died at
the age of 65.

Hadid died after suffering a heart
attack at a Miami hospital, where she
was receiving treatment for bronchitis,
her design firm said in a statement on

"Zaha Hadid was widely regarded to be
the greatest female architect in the
world today," the statement said.

Born in Baghdad in October 31, 1950,
Hadid first studied mathematics at the
American University in Lebanon before
pursuing architecture at the
Architectural Association in London in

In 1979, she established her own
practice in London, the Zaha Hadid


In 2004, Hadid became the first woman
to win the Pritzker Prize, known as the
Nobel for architecture. In a statement
to Al Jazeera, the Chicago- based
Pritzker Architecture Prize organisation
said it was "deeply saddened" by
Hadid's sudden death.

"She was truly a pioneer in the field of
architecture. She represents the highest
aspirations of the Pritzker Architecture
Prize. Zaha Hadid will be remembered
for her talent, creativity, commitment,
loyalty and friendship."

Hadid, who was known for her
neofuturistic design, was recently
awarded the 2016 Royal Gold Medal in
architecture by the Royal Institute of
British Architects.

Hadid designed the London Aquatics
Centre, which was used during the
2012 London Olympics. She also
designed the Al Wakrah Stadium, which
is under construction for the 2022
Qatar World Cup.

"I am in shock and I'm deeply
saddened," Leila Araghian, a young
female architect who designed the
award-winning Nature Bridge in
Tehran, told Al Jazeera.

"She had worked hard for years and
never gave up on what she believed in.

This is what we all must learn from

Araghian said that Hadid's legacy will
live on "in all the spaces she created
and through the work of all the
architects who were and will be
inspired by her work".


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