Zaha Hadid receives the Royal Gold Medal for architecture

Zaha hadid

Zaha Hadid has become the first woman in her own right to be presented with the Royal Gold Medal for architecture.

Hadid was personally approved by the Queen for the 2016 award, which was presented by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) on Wednesday evening.

She said: “I am very proud to be awarded the Royal Gold Medal, in particular, to be the first woman to receive the honour in her own right.

“We now see more established female architects all the time. 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 the UK, Hadid’s most recognisable works are Cardiff Bay Opera House and the London Aquatics Centre for the 2012 Olympic Games. Globally, her notable designs include Guangzhou Opera House in China and the Vitra Fire Station in Germany.

In 2012 she was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire for achievements in architecture.

Professor Sir Peter Cook, founder of Archigram, the 2002 recipients of the Royal Gold Medal, called her a “heroine” as he presented the accolade.

He said: “Let’s face it, we might have awarded the medal to a worthy, comfortable character. We didn’t, we awarded it to Zaha: larger than life, bold as brass and certainly on the case. […]

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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