Despite winning many international competitions, a number of Zaha Hadid’s winning designs were initially never built: notably, The Peak Club in Hong Kong (1983) and the Cardiff Bay Opera House in Wales (1994).
In 2002, the Iraqi Hadid won the international design competition to design Singapore’s one-north masterplan.
In 2005, her design won the competition for the new city casino of Basel, Switzerland. In 2004, Hadid became the first female recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, architecture’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize. She is a member of the editorial board of the Encyclopedia Britannica.
In 2006, Hadid was honoured with a retrospective spanning her entire work at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. The same year she also received an Honorary Degree from the American University of Beirut.
Hadid’s architectural design firm, Zaha Hadid Architects, employs over 350 people. The firm is headquartered in a Victorian former school building in Clerkenwell, London.title