Zaha Hadid was born in Baghdad in 1950. She studied at the Architectural Association in London, where she qualified in 1977. She joined the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, with Rem Koolhaas and Elia Zenghelis, returned to lecture at the Architectural Association and then in other universities in Europe and the United States. Currently she teaches at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, and is Visiting Professor at Yale University.
Hadid began her professional career in 1979. In 1993 she was responsible for the Vitra Fire Station at Weil am Rhein, Germany, and a residential building for the iba in Berlin. Her major completed projects include the lf one pavilion at Weil am Rhein (1993-99); the Mind Zone at Millennium Dome in London (1997-99); a tram station and car park in Strasbourg (2001) and a ski jump in Innsbruck (2002).
Her projects now under way include: the Contemporary Arts Centers in Rome and Cincinnati; a Science Center in Wolfsburg, Germany; a ferry terminal at Salerno, Italy; a public square and multiplex cinema in Barcelona; the BMW Works in Leipzig; the extension to the Ordrupgaard Museum in Copenhagen and a bridge in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Zaha Hadid is also well known as a painter and designer. Her work has been shown in various exhibitions in the United States, Japan, Britain and Germany.