Zaha Hadid honoured for helping female architects

Iraq-born celebrity architect Zaha Hadid picked up an award from the UK’s Architects Journal (AJ) for her outstanding contribution to the status of women in architecture.

Hadid became the winner of the Jane Drew Prize after the  AJ Women in Architecture judging panel came to the unanimous decision.

She will be presented with the award at the AJ Women in Architecture luncheon on April 20, where winners of the Woman Architect of the Year and Emerging Woman Architect of the Year will also be announced.

The judging panel included Lord Richard Rogers and Martha Thorne, chief executive of the Pritzker Prize.

The judges said: “Hadid has broken the glass ceiling more than anyone and is practically a household name. Her achievement is remarkable.”

Hadid was the first woman to be awarded the Pritzker Prize and will be the first recipient of the revived Jane Drew Prize, which existed for a short time in the 1990s.

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