Who is she?
Best known for designing the London Olympic swimming stadium, Dame Zaha was a trailblazer for women architects in a traditionally male dominated field.
Her designs were innovative and she became reluctantly known as the “Queen of the Curve” for her distinct fluid style. Among her noted buildings are the Opera House in Guangzhou, the Peak Leisure Club in Hong Kong and the Vitra Fire Station in Germany.
Why should we thank her?
Dame Zaha was one of the world’s best architects and an accomplished businesswoman, who was often outspoken about the barriers to women in her profession.
Her buildings will live on to inspire generations of female architects and delight the world with the power and possibility of beautiful buildings.
“There are 360 degrees, so why stick to one?”