Why you should know about her: Zaha Hadid is one of the greatest architects of our time. Among the many chairs she's held at universities and awards she's won, the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004 and Stirling Prize in 2010 and 2011 rank high. She was most recently appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2012 Birthday Honours for services to architecture. She's designed the BMW Central Building in Leipzig, Germany, the Guangzhou Opera House in Guangzhou, China, the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinatti, Ohio, and much more, with a number of ongoing projects, too.
Pharrell interviews Zaha Hadid in his upcoming Rizzoli book, The Places and Spaces I've Been.