Iraqi-Born Woman Wins Pritzker Architecture Award

Iraqi-born architect Zaha Hadid won the Pritzker Architecture Prize for 2004, considered the profession’s highest honor. She is the first woman to receive it.

Movement, curvature, porosity, extreme horizontal elongation: these are some of the aesthetic properties that helped to establish Ms. Hadid, 53, as a major influence in her field well before she began to build.

Ms. Hadid was born in Baghdad in 1950. She studied mathematics in Beirut before moving to London to study architecture at the Architectural Association School. After graduating in 1977, she worked with Rem Koolhaas and Elia Zenghelis at the fledgling Office for Metropolitan Architecture, a practice that subsequently moved to Rotterdam under Mr. Koolhaas’s direction. She is now based in London and is a British citizen.

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