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Atlantic Council posthumously honours Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid has posthumously received the Lifetime Achievement award from the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Centre for the Middle East

The Atlantic Council’s work on social, economic and human development in the Middle East honors the legacy of Rafik Hariri and his life’s mission to unlock the human and economic potential of the Arab world.

Accepting the award on behalf on Zaha Hadid, Charles Walker, director of Zaha Hadid Architects, said at the ceremony in Washington DC: “Dame Zaha Hadid was an extraordinary architect whose impact on the profession will be felt for generations to come… The first woman to win the Pritzker Prize – the highest accolade of our profession – the Pritzker Jury noted how, she consistently defied convention, to fundamentally expand, the possibilities of architecture… Lauded as an iconoclast, the New York Times writer Joseph Giovannini explained, ‘Rarely has an architect so radically changed and inspired the field.’

“Teaching at Harvard, Yale and the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, she saw in youth the promise of a better future... In her will, Zaha’s final act was to gift Zaha Hadid Architects into the ownership of it’s employees. Her unwavering optimism for the future and belief in the power of invention is embedded in the DNA of our practice and we continue as one of the world’s most innovative design studios; completing Zaha’s legacy projects and redefining architecture for the 21st Century with a repertoire of projects that capture imaginations, across the globe. Now 500 architects strong, we continue to pursue her legacy of experimentation and invention.”.

Photograph by Luke Hayes