US academics pay tribute to Zaha Hadid


Zaha Hadid’s untimely death has led to tributes to her work, influence and personality from across the design community

The latest event was held at the Hadid-designed Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) in Cincinnati. The building was notably her first project in the United States, and was the first major museum in the US to be designed by a female architect.

Part panel discussion, part celebration, the event was, according to CAC cirector Raphaela Platow, an “afternoon of storytelling.”


The programme looked at Hadid’s work to the present and speculated on her firm’s future projects.

A seminar called “Equity in Architecture—Zaha Hadid’s mentorship,” presented by associate dean Patricia Kucker, will explore her influence to architects worldwide as a woman who broke through barriers and challenged perceptions.

Platow said Hadid’s selection to design the CAC was aligned with its mission to celebrate cutting-edge work: “When our committee selected Zaha as the architect of The Rosenthal Center she had only successfully finished one building but her ideas, plans, models, and competition submissions where beyond remarkable; they were back then already showing a future path for architecture.”



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