Up close and Personal - Zaha Hadid

8th March 2018 it is International Women's Day and women everywhere are celebrating their successes and achievements. In my journey over the past 10 years or so, I have been blessed to know so many inspirational business women that have pushed me to achieve everything I have today. I will never be able to do justice to them all by mentioning them here, but I hope if they are reading, they will know who they are!

Instead I wanted to put a spotlight on a woman no longer with us, but who has always inspired me with her unique visions and design excellence; Zaha Hadid.

She really needs no introduction but those who have not had the pleasure of following her career, will no doubt be familiar with some of her work. Zaha was an architect that broke all limitations of architecture. She was the first woman to receive the prestigious Pritzker award in 2004 and went on to receive numerous accolades in years to follow. 

Here are some of the buildings she designed to completion that you may well recognise!

 Heydar Aliyev Center  baku, azerbaijan

Heydar Aliyev Center  baku, azerbaijan

 london aquatics centre, queen elizabeth park, stratford

london aquatics centre, queen elizabeth park, stratford

 ordrupgaard museum, copenhagen, denmark

ordrupgaard museum, copenhagen, denmark

Zaha Hadid style is unique yet sympathetic to the environment the building lives in.

What I wanted to share with you today is the woman behind the grandeur. The woman who inspired me and continues to do so after her untimely demise. Zaha the artist.

While studying, as most architects do, Zaha used sketches and paintings to communicate her thought processes and ideas. But her work was not like any other student. inspired by renowned artist Malevich, her drawings took on a unique abstractual form. 

A form of abstraction, you can see geometrical shapes and patterns intersecting each other in what looks like an architectural formation. However on closer inspection, you can see the absence of realism which is replaced by a dream like alternate reality. Zaha Hadid created futuristic "worlds" from existing city scapes. it felt like she believed that this world would be the reality of existence as we know it. 

 "The world (89 degrees)" zaha hadid 1983

"The world (89 degrees)" zaha hadid 1983

 "hafenstrasse development" zaha hadid 1989

"hafenstrasse development" zaha hadid 1989

 grand buildings trafalgar square 1985

grand buildings trafalgar square 1985

 "victoria city aerial perspective" zaha hadid 1988

"victoria city aerial perspective" zaha hadid 1988

As with most prodigal heroes, Zaha Hadid was often ridiculed for her visions. However, she was lucky enough to have been brought up with an affluent child hood. Which perhaps helped her pursue her dreams unphased. She worked tirelessly, uninfluenced by others in her field to create a legacy that will be imprinted on the world as we know it.

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) continues to create architecture, true to the founders values, with a team of exceptional designers and master architects, working on over 950 projects worldwide.

Check out the latest news on projects created by ZHA link below:

http://www.zaha-hadid.com/