A student of Rem Koolhaas, Zaha Hadid is seen as a singular, unwavering force. She has struggled through her career with both clients and collaborators – being female in a male dominated field also didn’t help her succeed. But, despite these set backs, she won the prestigious Pritzker Prize award in 2004. She was the first (and at the moment only individual) woman to win the award. Hadid’s big break came from an unexpected place, when she was commissioned to design Cincinnati’s Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art. The New York Times describes the building as “the most important new building in America since the Cold War.” Once her talent was realized, commissions started coming in to design a variety of projects including, public transportation, libraries, archives and opera houses.
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