Zaha Hadid (1950-2016) was an Iraqi-born British architect known for her radical designs and recognised as a major figure in architecture of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Her works include the London Aquatics Centre for the 2012 Olympics, the Broad Art Museum, Rome's MAXXI Museum, and the Guangzhou Opera House.
In 2004 she became the first woman to be awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize. In February 2016, the month preceding her death, she became the first woman to be individually awarded the Royal Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects. She received the UK's most prestigious architectural award, the Stirling Prize, in 2010 and 2011. In 2012, she was made a Dame by Elizabeth II for services to architecture.
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