AboutZaha Hadid is one of the most distinctive creative talents of her generation. Born in baghdad in 1950, she first came to London to study architecture in 1972, and this year celebrates 30 years in practice. She runs an office of 250 people, working on projects that range in scale from urban masterplans in Singapore and Istanbul, to domestic objects and furniture.
In the 1980s Hadid attracted international attention for her unbuilt projects that remained on paper, but nevertheless transformed expectations of what architecture could be. recently completed designs, including the Phaeno Science Center in Wolfsburg, the bmW Central building in Leipzig and the rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati, demonstrate Hadid's commitment to building.
She is currently working on a series of projects that will serve as defining landmarks in such disparate settings as Dubai, rome and Guangzhou.
As well as large-scale, complex schemes, she has also realised gently-scaled, modest projects such as a pavilion for the maggie's Centre cancer care movement on a hospital campus in Kirkcaldy, Scotland.