In memoriam: Zaha Hadid, world-renowned architect

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Internationally acclaimed architect and designer Zaha Hadid, the Norman R. Foster Visiting Professor at the School of Architecture, died on March 31 at the age of 65.

Hadid’s buildings have been commissioned around the world; her designs include the London aquatics center for the 2012 Olympic Games, the Galaxy Soho in Beijing, and the Rosenthal Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati.

Hadid was the first female architect to be honored with the Pritzker Prize in 2004 and the RIBA Gold Medal in 2015. She received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Yale in 2006. In 2012, the celebrated architect was made a dame commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.

“Zaha Hadid was a great architect and a great teacher. She was an inspiration as a role model for women, someone who literally reshaped architecture through the force of her talent and determination. She was a great friend to this school. She was one in a million. We will miss her very much,” says Robert A.M. Stern, dean and the J.M. Hoppin Professor of Architecture.

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