Zaha Hadid dies at 65

Zaha Hadid, the Iraqi-born architect who was responsible for a string of landmark buildings around the world, has died at the age of 65.

She died of a heart attack on Thursday in a Miami hospital, where she was being treated for bronchitis.

The architect made her name with a structurally complex "neofuturistic" style that became popular with clients of prestigious cultural and sporting venues.

In 2004 Hadid became the first woman recipient of the US Pritzker Architecture Prize, and she received the Stirling Prize in 2010 and 2011.

In 2014 the Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre, designed by her, won the Design Museum Design of the Year Award, making her the first woman to win the top prize in that competition. In 2015 she became the first woman to be awarded the RIBA Gold Medal in her own right.

Library and learning centre in Vienna University of Economics exhibits Hadid’s dramatic way with form and structure (Peter Haas/Wikimedia Commons)

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  1. When you consider the extraordinary structural problems associated with Zaha Hadid’s Architectural designs, I believe that the structural engineers involved in her projects should also receive a number of awards.

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