Zaha Hadid has been announced as the winner of the 41st Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award.
The Pritzker Prize winning architect, and designer of the Sheikh Zayed Bridge in Abu Dhabi, picked up the prize which pays tribute to Madame Clicquot.
Married in 1798 to François Clicquot, owner of a champagne business, and widowed at 27, she took control of the business and was one of the first women to lead a company of men.
On receiving her award, Hadid said: “It’s hard to believe, but it’s still difficult for women to break the business barrier. Through perseverance and hard work, I’ve been able to do so, but it’s been a long struggle.
“When I started my career in architecture it was very much a male dominated industry, but in recent years I’ve seen a growing number of talented female architects join the profession and succeed.
“This Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award shines a light on our achievements; and I hope it encourages more women to continue with the profession.”
Christina Jesaitis, senior brand manager, Veuve Clicquot commented: “Not only has she had a huge impact on the world of architecture as a whole, but she has demonstrated great zeal as businesswomen, growing Zaha Hadid Architects successfully, adapting to change and demonstrating fantastic CSR credentials.
“She displays the same passion and determination that Madame Clicquot possessed over 200 years ago.”