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Goodbye Dame Zaha Hadid

Mary McCartney


World-renowned architect Dame Zaha Hadid has died in hospital aged 65.

Hadid was being treated for bronchitis at a hospital in Miami this week when she suffered the fatal heart attack, according to a statement on her website.

The Iraqi-born architect helped blaze the way for women in the design industry. In 2004, she was the first woman architect to be awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize for her visionary work. In 2012 she was appointed Dame Commander of the British Empire (DBE). Most recently, she was awarded the Royal Gold Medal for architecture by the Royal Institute of British Architects in February this year.

#LondonAquaticsCentre celebrates 1.7 million visitors on its 2nd anniversary. @noordinarypark Photo: @lukehayesphotography

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Her building designs, which include Guangzhou Opera House, the Heydar Aliyev cultural centre in Baku, Azerbaijan, MAXXI National Museum of the 21st Century Arts in Rome, the London Olympic Aquatic Centre and the Al Wakrah Stadium, which is currently under construction in Qatar ahead of the FIFA World Cup there in 2022, incorporate organic lines. She is famous for saying, ‘There are 360 degrees, so why stick to one?’

Her design work has extended to a variety of projects including a recent collaboration with Dutch fashion brand United Nude to create these amazing shoes:

Nova Shoes by #ZahaHadid with @UnitedNude in #Pleasure&Pain #Exhibition @VAMuseum #London until 31 January 2016 #VAShoes A photo posted by Zaha Hadid Architects (@zahahadidarchitects) on