The design world is shocked today by the passing of world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid. She died of a heart attack while being treated for bronchitis at the age of 65.
The Iraqi British designer was born in Bagdad in 1950. By 1979, she had set up her own practice in London despite the difficulty she faced winning commissions in the UK. The first woman to win the Pritzker Prize, Dame Zaha has designed many famous buildings, including the London Olympics Aquatics Centre, MAXXI in Rome, and the Bridge Pavilion in Spain.
"Among architects emerging in the last few decades, no one had any more impact than she did," said architect Richard Rogers. A statement from the Iraqi government calls her death "an irreplaceable loss to Iraq and the global community."