Zaha Hadid was the founder of Zaha Hadid Architects, and the first ever female recipient of the 2004 Pritzker Architecture Prize, as well as the 2010 Stirling Prize, from the Royal Institute of British Architects. Raised in Baghdad, Iraq, Hadid went on to study at the Architectural Association in London. Upon graduating in 1977, she was hired by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, the firm founded by her teacher Rem Koolhas.Two years later, Hadid established her own practice. A leader in the use of digital tools and technologies, Hadid’s designs and awards are many. Institutions such as the Guggenheim Museum in New York have honored her with retrospectives. Her buildings are the progeny of... more.