Born in Iraq for more than 60 years ago, now Zaha Hadid is at the highest peak of her career. She has overcome not one stereotype: Zaha is one of few women in male profession and, moreover, she’s from Muslim country.
The word "architect" doesn’t have feminine gender. This
occupation is only for men. The male chauvinism in this profession is
obvious as nowhere else. There are few women who managed to take key
positions in architecture. And all of them are unique. Architecture
requires labour of love and takes the rest of your life. Easy success
and occasional victories never happen here. A great architect is always a
great personality, which is achieved by titanic work. The «arch» women
have paved the way to fame without any allowance for weak sex, in a
tough competition with men. One of such architects is Zaha Hadid.
is one of the most in-demand architects in the world. Her brand is
known all over the world. She has created a whole style of life under
her own name «Zaha Hadid».
is a representative of trends in architecture under the name of
deconstructivism. Her architecture is recognized immediately - it
transforms space, replaces the facades to the multilayer shells as if
she continues the surface of Earth. Each new object becomes a great
a little girl she grew up in a Muslim country. However, she was so
lucky that her father was one of the founders of the People's Democratic
Party of Iraq and the big manufacturer of Pro-Western orientation. Zaha
Hadid has never worn a veil. She decided to become an architect in
early childhood. Her brother told her: «Being an architect means to
participate in the construction of the world». When Zaha was fifteen,
she left Baghdad and her parents to study in Europe. For a very long
time, she was a "paper architect". It means that all her projects
remained only on paper. Success came to her only after 40 years. It was
the first real project. Zaha Hadid learns first-hand about sex
discrimination in the profession. "To achieve recognition, I have always
done everything ten times better”, she says.
2004, Zaha Hadid became the first woman in history who got Pritzker
Architecture Prize. It is a reward in the field of architecture, the
analogue of the Nobel Prize. This year in June Zaha Hadid received the
title of «Woman-Сommander» of the order of British Empire, which
corresponds to the knight's rank and allows to use prefix «Lady».
life belongs to her profession for 100%. To the question about her
sacrifice for the profession, Zaha answers unexpectedly: «No! I have no
family, but I’ve had to sacrifice something, I’ve just had no time to
think about my personal life». And then adds: «My projects are my
children, aren’t they?»