Zaha Hadid Image via the Telegraph Zaha Hadid
Image via the Telegraph

The architect passed away today, following a heart attack in Miami in the early hours of the morning, on 31st March. Hadid was born in Baghdad in 1950 and studied at London's Architectural Association from 1972-1977. In 1979, Hadid founded her own London studio, but it wasn't until 1993 she was commissioned for her first major work, the Vitra fire station in Weil am Rhein, Germany.

Hadid was well known for her designs including the Maxxi: Italian National Museum of 21st-century arts in Rome, the Serpentine Sackler gallery in London, Heydar Aliyev Centre in Baku and the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati.

In 2012, the same year the Aquatics Centre she designed for the London Games opened, she was created a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE.)

Last year, Hadid designed a museum dedicated to climbing the Mount Kronplatz in the Italian Alps. In 2008, her firm won the international competition to design  the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum in Vilnius, Lithuania, a plan which was never put into action.

In the 1990's, her plans for the Cardiff Bay Opera House cause controversy and were never completed.

300 models, drawings, and photographs by Hadid were displayed at the State Hermitage museum last year in St Petersburg, which attracted drawing 680 000 in three months.