Zaha Hadid

The late architect Zaha Hadid, known as “The Queen of Curves” for her modern curving designs in her buildings, died Thursday at the age of 65.

Her legendary career led her to become the first woman to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize (the Nobel Prize of her field) in 2004. She also received numerous other awards and honors, including being named a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DME) in 2012 and earning the Royal Institute of British Architects Gold Medal in 2015 — the first ever given to a woman.

The Iraqi-born British architect died in a Miami hospital after suffering a heart attack, a representative for Zaha Hadid Architects confirmed with Business Insider. She had been admitted to the hospital after contracting bronchitis earlier this week. 

Hadid designed everything from a metro station in Saudi Arabia, to the aquatics center for the 2012 London Olympics, to a city center in downtown Belgrade, all in her signature flowing style.

One of her newest buildings was just completed in New York City, an 11-story condominium made of steel and glass that incorporate a unique chevron pattern.

Click through to see how her style has evolved over time, and remember the artist through the body of work she has left behind all over the world.


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Completed in 2003, the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati was Hadid’s first project in the United States. It was a huge critical success.

Source: New York Times

After the success of the Rosenthal Center, Hadid was hired for several other projects. The BMW Central Building in Leipzing, Germany was among the first. It was completed in May 2005.

Source: New York Times

And she designed the Phaeno Science Center in Wolfsburg, Germany, which was also completed in 2005. The New York Times called it “the kind of building that utterly transforms our vision of the future.”

Source: New York Times

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