Architect, Zaha Hadid, First Woman Pritzker Prize Winner, Dies at 65

Posted on Twitter by Zaha Hadid @ZHA_News
Posted on Twitter by Zaha Hadid @ZHA_News

Posted on Twitter by Pharrell Williams @Pharrell [7]


Zaha Hadid, the first woman architect to win the coveted Pritzker Prize, has died. In a career cut short by a heart attack at age 65, she had come to be known as the ‘Queen of the Curve'[1], architecture’s “badass”, the creator of starchitecture and a leading luminary. Primarily an world renowned Iraqi-born British architect, she applied her curvaceous sense of design to other design disciplines such as jewelry, creating magnificent pieces for Georg Jensen’s Baselworld.[2]

Bracelet from the Zaha Hadid Collection for Georg Jensen BaselWorld
Bracelet from the Zaha Hadid Collection for Georg Jensen BaselWorld
The Georg Jensen Installation of Zaha Hadid Jewelry
The Georg Jensen Installation of Zaha Hadid Jewelry

“Zaha Hadid’s new collection for Danish design house Georg Jensen, launched this week at Baselworld, bucks the trend somewhat. Her architectural forms are, of course, inherently sensuous, and so it is with the sweeps and curves of her jewels. But the real difference here is that she has devised a collection from a jeweller’s standpoint, considering, first and foremost, how the pieces might be worn.” [3]

Zaha Hadid portraits 'a la Warhol'
Zaha Hadid portraits ‘a la Warhol’

















“Dame Zaha Hadid, the Baghdad-born British designer has sadly passed away at the premature age of 65. The first female Pritzker Prize-winner architect was commissioned around the world to create masterpieces including the London Olympic aquatic centre, and Messner Mountain Museum Corones. Being a woman and Muslim she didn’t have it easy but it was her strength and lack of fucks to give that made her a true legend. We remember Hadid’s five traits that turned her into a star architect for all the right reasons.”  
[5] From Sleek Magazine, read the five traits at the Resource link.


Pharrell Williams: In Conversation
The Neptunes Frontman Shares His Places, Spaces and Collaborations With Leading Luminaries

Photo Credit: Pharrell Williams

‘Larger-than-life producer, rapper, fashion designer and entrepreneur Pharrell Williams’ interest in everything from art and music to architecture and space travel is revealed in these pop images. Showcasing moments at home in Miami and Virginia, highlights from tours to Tokyo and Hong Kong, and collaborations with artists like Takashi Murakami and brands such as Louis Vuitton, these photographs are featured in Pharrell: Places and Spaces I’ve Been, a new book created by the modern polymath and published by Rizzoli.

Recently spotted in the studio with Jay-Z and Frank Ocean, the 39-year-old’s first foray into editing checks in with old friends like NIGO® and Chad and Shae from N.E.R.D., and spotlights Karl Lagerfeld modeling Billionaire Boys Club as well as shots of Pharrell posing with the likes of Karolina Kurkova and Catherine Deneuve in shoots for Vogue, Citizen K and GQ. Other names like NASA and Terry Richardson pepper the credits of this illustrated autobiography that testifies to Pharrell’s penchant for mixing things up. “I have never believed in boundaries,” he explains. “If I was forced to work within them I would already be in a mad house. It’s really not in my DNA.” In this select excerpt, the man of the hour sits down with Pritzker prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid to talk radical design and future collaborations.’
[4]Read the interview by clicking on the resource link.


The New Yorker Magazine: Zaha Hadid Was Just Getting Started The New Yorker Magazine: Zaha Hadid Was Just Getting Started 

I would have liked to see what Zaha was on the precipice of beginning, what ideas she would have conceived of next to fill ‘spaces’ and mould matter with her extraordinary energy. Some, I am sure, would have wished to spend more time with her. I would love to be able to add her to the list of other world famous architects I have met. But none of this will be.

It was Zaha Hadid’s time to go and it’s our time to say goodbye. She’s not going to be remembered or judged by the beginning of new heights of even more daring and extraordinary accomplishments. As the rest of us will be, she was taken in God’s time rather than in a plan of our own making. In spite of this, she became an award winning architect, a designer, a painter, even a “badass” and lived the kind of life I would have liked to have. For her, it was a life filled with a truly brilliant career.



[1] ‘Queen of the curve’ Zaha Hadid dies aged 65 from heart attack


[3] Wallpaper* Baselworld 2016: Zaha Hadid’s sensuous new jewellery for Georg Jensen

[4] Pharrell Williams: In Conversation

[5] Zaha Hadid 5 traits that made her so badass

[6] The New Yorker Magazine, Zaha Hadid Was
Just Getting Started

[7] Pharrell Williams Twitter Page

Zaha Hadid Twitter Page

Zaha Hadid Architects Website

Zaha Hadid Architects Facebook Page

BBC Radio 4: Dame Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid, Groundbreaking Architect, Dies at 65 [from The New York Times, April 1, 2016]

The New Yorker Magazine, The Abstractionist

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