Zaha Hadid is featured on new Iraqi postage stamps


Zaha Hadid is being featured on a new Iraqi postage stamp as a tribute by the Postal Service to the late architect, who passed earlier this year aged 65.


Portrait of Zaha Hadid taken shortly before her death, upon receiving the Royal Medal for Architecture.

The stamp combines two separate portraits of the Iraqi-born architect, pictured alongside drawings of some of her projects including the Heydar Aliyev Centre in Baku, Azerbaijan as well as her scrapped design for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Stadium.


The portrait on the stamp is a montage of two of Hadid’s photographs: the image of her face taken shorty before her death when she received the 2016 Royal Gold Medal for Architecture, with the image of her outfit shot by Time Magazine in 2010.


Iraqi architect Mohamed Makiya is also paid tribute to by the Iraqi Postal Service.

She is one of the two architects honoured on the new postage stamps, the second being one of Iraq’s most important architects of the 20th century, Mohamed Makiya, although he may not be as internationally known. Makiya passed away last year at the age of 101. He was responsible for projects such as the extension of the Khulafa Mosque in Baghdad and the Sheikh Mubarak building in Bahrain.


Heydar Aliyev Centre in Baku, Azerbaijan is part of Hadid’s stamp image.

Hadid appears on the 750 dinar stamp while Makiya is featured on the 1000 dinar stamp.

Both architects were London-based, Hadid from 1972 to complete her studies at the Architectural Association, and Makiya from the late 1980s when he established the Kufa Gallery to promote Iraqi and Arab culture.

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