Architect Zaha Hadid dies after heart attack

“You can’t teach architecture. You can only inspire people” 

Zaha Hadid


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 Zaha Hadid has died aged 65, news that has been met with an outpouring of grief — not just from the architectural community, but from everyone who is passionate about design. While she will be badly missed by the profession, the architect’s buildings will remain as a reminder of her unparalleled talent — and her words will continue to resonate with young architects for many years to come.

Iraqi-born, this year she was the first woman to receive the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) Gold Medal in recognition of her work.

She died following a heart attack on Thursday in a Miami hospital, where she was being treated for bronchitis.

Her designs have been commissioned around the world, including Hong Kong, Germany and Azerbaijan.

Collecting her Gold Medal in February, Dame Zaha said she was proud to have been the first woman to win in her own right.

“We now see more established female architects all the time,” she said.

“That doesn’t mean it’s easy. Sometimes the challenges are immense. There has been tremendous change over recent years and we will continue this progress.”