Iraqi-born architect Zaha Hadid - the first woman to receive the Royal Institute of British Architects Gold Medal and the Pritzker Architecture Prize in recognition of her work - 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."
In 1979, Hadid established her own practice in London - Zaha Hadid Architects - and gained a reputation across the world for ground-breaking theoretical works including The Peak in Hong Kong (1983) the Kurfürstendamm in Berlin (1986) and the Cardiff Bay Opera House in Wales (1994).
Some of her famed creations include the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London, the Riverside Museum at Glasgow's Museum of Transport, and Guangzhou Opera House in China. Other notable projects included the MAXXI: Italian National Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome (2009), the London Aquatics Centre for the 2012 Olympic Games (2011) and the Keyder Aliyev Centre in Baku (2013). Her repertoire of works also consists of a range of architecturally-inspired fashion accessories, such as her famed 3D printed shoes (pictured above), as well as the interior architecture for a number of footwear designer Stuart Weitzman's flagship stores, including its Madison Avenue shop.