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Visionary Architect Zaha Hadid Dies at 65

Zaha Hadid
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The first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize has died of a heart attack

The Iraqi-British architect Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid has died of a heart attack. She passed away on Thursday while in hospital in Miami, where she was being treated for bronchitis.

A respected architect, known for her neofuturistic designs, Hadid, 65, became the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize, in 2004. She received the Stirling Prize twice in a row, in 2010 and 2011, and a year later, she was name Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for her contribution to architecture.

In 2008, Hadid ranked 69th on the Forbes list of "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women" and was honored in the 2010 TIME 100 issue. A stylish woman, the architect was also listed as one of the "50 best-dressed over 50s" by The Guardian.

Hadid designed many landmarks around the world, including the London Aquatics Centre for the 2008 Olympics, and flagship stores for the likes of Neil Barrett and Stuart Weisman. She was also a professor at the University of Applied Arts Vienna in Austria.

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