Today marks what would have been Dame Zaha Hadid‘s 68th birthday. The late British-Iraqi architect, who passed away unexpectedly in Miami in 2016, left behind an indelible legacy that won’t soon be forgotten. Known for her artful and geometric approach to architecture, Hadid is the brainchild behind some of the most magnanimous monuments scattered across the globe. No surprise, then, that she was the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize in 2004.
Among her various accolades are the UK’s most prestigious architectural award, the Stirling Prize, which she was awarded in 2010 and 2011. Three years later, she made history when she became the first and only woman to win the Royal Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects.
Often referred to as “Queen of the Curve”, Hadid’s creativity was not only limited to engineering impressive monuments. The late “starchitect” dabbled in accessories and furniture as well, collaborating with various design labels, including with Danish design house Georg Jensen on a range of fine jewelry in 2016.
In the gallery above, we honor the late and great architect by celebrating some of her most monumental designs.