Zaha Hadid, also known as “the queen of the curves” has died aged 45 of heart attack.
The British designer is the first women to receive the Royal Institute of British Architects Gold Medal. Her designs include the famous London Olympic aquarium center.
Zaha Hadid died in a Miami hospital where she was treated for bronchitis.
The company she owned released a detailed statement regarding her death: “It is with great sadness that Zaha Hadid Architects have confirmed that Dame Zaha Hadid DBE died suddenly in Miami in the early hours of this morning.”
“She had contracted bronchitis earlier this week and suffered a sudden heart attack while being treated in hospital. Zaha Hadid was widely regarded to be the greatest female architect in the world today.”
Ed Vaizey, the British culture minister, posted on Twitter “Stunned to hear that the brilliant architect Zaha Hadid has died – she made a huge contribution to contemporary architecture.”
Boris Johnson, the London mayor, also expressed his regrets for Zaha’s death on Tweeter: “So sad to hear of death of Zaha Hadid, she was an inspiration and her legacy lives on in wonderful buildings in Stratford and around the world.”
Zaha Hadid was born in 1950 in Baghdad. Though she managed to revolutionize the British architecture she struggled for many years to achieve the UK commission. She studied in Beirut at the American University and launched her career in architecture at the Architectural Association in London.
In 1979, she established her own business, Zaha Hadid Architects and since then she amazed the world with buildings like the Vitra Fire Station in Weil Am Rhein, Germany, the Italian National Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome, the London Aquatics Centre for the 2012 Olympic Games, the Rosenthal Centre of Contemporary Art in Cincinnati and the Guangzhou Opera House in China.