Tributes have poured in to the work, legacy and personality of architect Dame Zaha Hadid, who died of a heart attack in a US hospital.
Her company ZHA Architects said: “It is with great sadness that Zaha Hadid Architects have confirmed that Dame Zaha Hadid, died suddenly in Miami in the early hours of this morning (Thursday).
“She had contracted bronchitis earlier this week and suffered a sudden heart attack while being treated in hospital.”
Jane Duncan, president of the Royal Institute of British Architects, described news of her death as “absolutely terrible”.
She said: “Dame Zaha Hadid was an inspirational woman, and the kind of architect one can only dream of being. Visionary and highly experimental, her legacy despite her young age, is formidable.
“She leaves behind a body of work from buildings to furniture, footwear and cars, that delight and astound people all around the world.”
The Pritzker Architecture Prize issued a statement saying: “The Pritzker Family and the Pritzker Architecture Prize organisation are deeply saddened by the passing of Dame Zaha Hadid. She was truly a pioneer in the field of architecture. The 2004 Pritzker Architecture Prize laureate, she represents the highest aspirations of the Pritzker Architecture Prize. She also served on the jury for one year. Zaha Hadid will be remembered for her talent, creativity, commitment, loyalty and friendship.”
Yale School of Architecture also paid tribute stating: “Architecture today lost one of it’s greatest. Zaha Hadid has died. Zaha was the current Norman R. Foster Visiting Professor at the Yale School of Architecture where she had taught regularly since 2001. She will be greatly, greatly, missed.”
Richard Rogers told The Guardian “She was a great architect, a wonderful woman and wonderful person… Among architects emerging in the last few decades, no one had any more impact than she did. She fought her way through as a woman. She was the first woman to win the Pritzker prize.”
London mayor Boris Johnson tweeted: “So sad to hear of death of Zaha Hadid, she was an inspiration and her legacy lives on in wonderful buildings in Stratford & around the world.”
UK Culture Minister Ed Vaizey also said on twitter: Stunned to hear that the brilliant architect Zaha Hadid has died – she made a huge contribution to contemporary architecture
Daniel Libeskind tweeted: “Devastated by the loss of a great architect & colleague today. Her spirit will live on in her work and studio. Our hearts go out.”
Zaha Mohammad Hadid was born Oct. 31, 1950, in Baghdad. Her father was a wealthy businessman, a prominent in a progressive wing of Iraqi politics and a minister of finance before the regime of Saddam Hussein.
Hadid was allowed to design her bedroom as a child and decided to become an architect when she was 11. She received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the American University in Beirut, then moved to London to study at the Architectural Association School of Architecture.
By the time she graduated in 1977, she had studied with such renowned architects as Bernard Tschumi, Daniel Libeskind and Rem Koolhaas.
She opened an architecture studio in London in 1979. After struggling for years, she employed more than 400 people at the time of her death and was designing office buildings, museums, airports and concert halls around the globe.