Zaha Hadid – the Lady and the Design

A mathematician, architect, painter, thinker, teacher, designer – enough talents to share among many people. Worldwide known for her gravity-defying designs – Zaha Hadid.

Zaha Hadid by Simone Cecchetti

Zaha Hadid by Simone Cecchetti

Born in Iraq in 1950, Zaha Hadid was growing up in an extraordinary family. Her father was a politician of the liberal party in Iraq. Both parents were open-minded and culture-oriented. They ran open house, full of interesting people, exchanging ideas. All that for sure influenced Zaha as a child. But her parents also took care of her official education. Although being Muslim, she went to the Catholic school and was raised by nuns in Bagdad and later on in Switzerland and England. From an early age she was exposed to multiculturality. The Mosaic built from Arab and Western influences reoccurred in her architectural style later on.

“Because I am a non-European I have a different system of thinking, my order is different.”
Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid’s first fascinations with architecture began in Iraq, a magic land located between Tigris and Euphrates, which was a very important spot on the ancient world map. As a child she was impressed by the remains of Sumerian cities, the first cities in the history of the world. More