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Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid is a British architect known for her radical deconstructivist designs. In 2004 she became the first woman to be awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize. Hadid gained international recognition with her competition-winning entry for The Peak, in Hong Kong. This design, a “horizontal skyscraper” that moved at a dynamic diagonal down the hillside site, established her aesthetic: inspired by Kazimir Malevich and the Suprematists, her aggressive geometric designs are characterized by a sense of fragmentation, instability, and movement. Hadid is known for her flamboyant personality. She taught architecture at many places, including the Architectural Association, Harvard University, the University of Chicago, and Yale University. She has also worked as a furniture designer, a designer of interior spaces such as restaurants, and a set designer. Hadid was a member of the Encyclopædia Britannica Editorial Board of Advisors.

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