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Remembering Zaha Hadid 1950 – 2016

It’s impossible to put into words the loss felt around the world hearing the news that legendary architect and designer Zaha Hadid passed away today. The Iraqi-born, London-based architect paved a path for not only women in design, but everyone, with her highly recognizable aesthetic that was all her own. In 2004, she became the first woman to be awarded the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize and in 2012, she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Her visionary work always stood outside the box and it’s something she’ll always be known for in the architecture world. Here are some of our favorite designs from Zaha Hadid, but certainly this is not even close to an accurate representation of the incredible breadth of work she was able to accomplish during her career. She will be missed.

03.31.16 | By
Remembering Zaha Hadid 1950 – 2016
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Heydar Aliyev Center \\\ Baku, Azerbaijan \\\ 2013

Photo by Iwan Baan

Photo by Iwan Baan

MAXXI Museum \\\ Rome, Flaminio, Italy \\\ 2009

Photo © United Nude

Photo © United Nude

FLAME 3D Printed Shoes for United Nude & 3D Systems \\\ 2015

Photo courtesy of ROCA

Photo courtesy of ROCA

ROCA London Gallery \\\ Station Court Imperial Wharf, London, England \\\ 2011

Photo ©Rieder | photographer: Rasmus Norlander

Photo ©Rieder | photographer: Rasmus Norlander

Library and Learning Center for Vienna University of Economics and Business \\\ Vienna, Austria \\\ 2013

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Glasgow Riverside Museum of Transport \\\ Pointhouse Road, Glasgow, Glasgow City G3, UK \\\ 2011

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The Zaha Hadid Collection of Vases & Tables for Citco \\\ 2015

Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

Esfera City Center – Community-oriented housing project (concept) \\\ Monterrey, Mexico \\\ 2015

Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

One Thousand Museum (under construction) \\\ Miami, Florida \\\ 2015 (construction began)

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Aria Transparent Lighting for Slamp \\\ 2015

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.