After a journey marked by enormous contribution to the Arts, Engineering and Architecture, the world-renowned Iraqi–British architect Dame Zaha Hadid passed away on Thursday, aged 65, following a heart attack while in hospital in Miami in the United States.
Dame Zaha Hadid was born in Baghdad in 1950 and studied Mathematics at the American University in Beirut. By 1979, she had established her own practice in London – Zaha Hadid Architects – and gained a reputation across the world. She was the first woman to win the “Pritzker” award, the most prestigious engineering prize, in 2004, and the RIBA Sterling prize in 2010.
Dame Zaha was an inspiration to engineers and architects, and her departure is a huge loss to Iraq and to the entire world.
Al-Kindi Society would like to extend its deepest sympathy to her family, colleagues and friends, and would like to inform you that a commemoration event on the life and work of Dame Zaha Hadid will be organised in the coming few weeks, which will be announced soon.
May God have mercy on her soul and bestow patience on her family, colleagues and friends in this difficult time.
Al-Kindi Society for Engineers