Zaha Hadid, the Pritzker-winning architect whose designs — both realized and unrealized — profoundly influenced the world of architecture, has died in Miami after contracting bronchitis and experiencing a sudden heart attack, according to her architecture firm. She was 65.
Hadid was born in Iraq. In a Fresh Air interview with Terry Gross in 2004, she said that her contemporaries had a fundamentally inaccurate understanding of the Arab world she grew up in. “Many women went into university and higher degrees and worked in variety of professions,” she says. She went to a Catholic school, despite being Muslim, and her parents always encouraged her academic ambitions, she told Gross.
Hadid went to school in Beirut, where she studied math, and London, where she later settled.
In 2004, she told Edward Lifson of Chicago Public Radio that she had wanted to be an architect her entire life — since she was 11 or 12.
Men dressed as Vikings take part in the torchlight procession as it makes its way through Edinburgh for the start of the Hogmanay celebrations on December 30, 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Around 80,000 people are expected in the city for the traditional New Year celebrations, which run over three days. Tickets have been bought for the event by people from over sixty different countries.
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An Osprey catches two Rainbow Trout at Rothiemurchus in Kincraig, Scotland. Ospreys migrate each spring from Africa and nest in tall pine trees around the Aviemore area, the raptor was hunted to the point of extinction in the Victorian era, their migratory habits eventually brought them back to Scotland with the first successful breeding pair being recorded in 1954.
BERWICK-UPON-TWEED, ENGLAND - APRIL 18: Pilgrims walk with crosses as the Northern Cross pilgrimage undertakes its final leg of the journey to Holy Island on April18, 2014 in Berwick-upon-Tweed, England. More than 50 people, young and old, celebrated Easter by crossing the tidal causeway during the annual Christian pilgrimage. Every year people of all ages, from all over the world and from all realms of Christian life walk together at Easter to Holy Island.. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Children hold the hand of a member of 617 Squadron the Dambusters as he arrives back at RAF Lossiemouth from Afghanistan on February 4, 2014 in Lossiemouth, Scotland. The RAF’s 617 Squadron ‘The Dambusters’, which has flown for the last time in Afghanistan, before it temporarily disbands, arrived back in Lossiemouth today. The Squadron reform in 2016 and will have both RAF and Royal Navy personnel and fly the new F-35B Lightning II joint strike fighter. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Scottish artist Angela Palmer, poses for a picture beside her sculpture at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery on January 30, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Acquired by the Scottish National Portrait Gallery ‘Brain of the Artist’ (2013) goes on display to the public for the first time this week. It is a striking example of Palmers unique sculptural technique, in which digital information provided by medical scanners is used to inspire a three-dimensional image, engraved or drawn on glass, which reveals the inner structure hidden within an object. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Britain’s only Reindeer herd prepare for Christmas
Eve Grayson, a Reindeer herder of the Cairngorm Reindeer Herd, feeds the deer on December 23, 2013 in Aviemore, Scotland. Reindeer were introduced to Scotland in 1952 by Swedish Sami reindeer herder, Mikel Utsi. Starting with just a few reindeer, the herd has now grown in numbers over the years and is currently at about 130 by controlling the breeding. The herd rages on 2,500 hectares of hill ground between 450 and 1,309 meters and stay above the tree line all year round regardless of the weather conditions. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
As Burns Night approaches, a group re-enact the first ever Burns Supper held in 1801 on the fifth anniversary of his death inside the cottage where he was born in 1759 .
People around the world will mark the 255th Birthday Celebration of Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns, born on January 25, 1759. Burns suppers, when the poem ‘Address to a Haggis’ is recited, are held on or near his birthday to commemorate the life of the poet and celebrate his contribution to Scottish culture. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)