Zaha Hadid, Hon. FAIA, died suddenly this morning at the age of 65. The firm she founded in 1979, Zaha Hadid Architects, released a statement confirming the news. Her passing is an immeasurable loss for the profession, as her work has challenged the limitations of form and computational design for decades. Hadid has changed the nature of architecture itself through her drawings, buildings, and explorations, and her legacy both within and outside the profession will be enduring.

Fellow architect Peter Cook described her work and its impact in his address to the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) on the occasion of her winning the 2016 RIBA Gold Medal:

"Surely her work is special. For three decades now, she has ventured where few would dare: if Paul Klee took a line for a walk, then Zaha took the surfaces that were driven by that line out for a virtual dance and then deftly folded them over and then took them out for a journey into space. In her earlier, ‘spiky’ period there was already a sense of vigour that she shared with her admired Russian Suprematists and Constructivists – attempting with them to capture that elusive dynamic of movement at the end of the machine age."

Here, we recognize the profound, multidimensional impact her work has had on architecture and trace its formal evolution through built and unbuilt projects by Zaha Hadid Architects.

Click on the links below to see more about each project ARCHITECT's Project Gallery.

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2000, designed by Zaha Hadid
Photograph © 2000 Hélène Bine Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2000, designed by Zaha Hadid

2000 Serpentine Gallery, London

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University
Paul Warchol Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at the University of Michigan, East Lansing, Michigan

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Pierresvives, Montpellier, France

Pierresvives, Montpellier, France

Exterior+rendering.
Courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects King Abdullah Financial District Metro Station

King Abdullah Financial District Metro Station, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Esfera City Center, Monterrey, Mexico

Beijing New International Airport, Beijing, China, by Zaha Hadid Architects
Zaha Hadid Architects Beijing New International Airport, Beijing, China, by Zaha Hadid Architects

Beijing New Airport Terminal Building, Beijing

The London Aquatic Center in Legacy mode.
The London Aquatic Center in Legacy mode.

London Aquatics Centre, London

Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center, Baku, Azerbaijan

Virgile Simon Bertrand

Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Seoul, South Korea

The interweaving structures of the Sleuk Rith Institute recall Cambodia's Angkorian architectural forms.
Courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects/MIR The interweaving structures of the Sleuk Rith Institute recall Cambodia's Angkorian architectural forms.

Sleuk Rith Institute, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Mathematics Gallery, London

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Courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects City of Dreams Hotel Tower, Cotai, Macau, north elevation

City of Dreams Hotel Tower, Cotai, Macau

See more work by Zaha Hadid Architects in ARCHITECT's Project Gallery.