Zaha Hadid

Google doodle honours architect Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid was one of Britain’s most renowned architects, known for her modern designs, which often were formed from a single curve of concrete.

Today, Dame Zaha’s legacy is being honoured with a Google Doodle. This is because on the 30 May 2004 she became the first woman to win the coveted Pritzker Architecture Prize.

Here are just a few of some her best-known buildings:

London 2012 Aquatics Centre, UK

Credit: George Rex/Wikimedia commons

Heydar Aliyev Center, Azerbaijan

Credit: Iwan Baan

MAXXII Museum, Rome, Italy 

Credit: Iwan Baan 

Guangzhou Opera House, China

Credit: Iwan Baan
For Muslims and women, Zaha Hadid was a shining torch
Zaha was an outsider and upfront about the unfair treatment she experienced – but her fight came at great personal cost

Zaha was an outsider and upfront about the unfair treatment she experienced as a woman, a foreigner and a designer of expensive, weird-looking buildings – a triple whammy. She did not fit the stereotypical white male profession of registered architects. Jealousy and prejudice failed to bar her way, but it took its toll. Very few people realise the misogynistic, racist and anti-architect environment she had to navigate in Britain. For Muslims, minorities and women, Zaha is a shining torch beaming into the dark minds for whom a few tiles falling off a building seemed a justification to dismiss her work.

Zaha Hadid’s The Peak Project, Hong Kong, China (1991)

In response to last week’s executive order denying citizens from seven predominantly Muslim nations entry to the United States, we have installed works by artists from some of those countries throughout our collection galleries. One of these works is Zaha Hadid’s The Peak Project, Hong Kong, China (1991), adjacent to Henri Rousseau’s The Sleeping Gypsy (1897). Hadid (British, born Iraq. 1950–2016) became the first woman, and first Iraqi, to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004. See this work up close