Zaha Hadid: Clerkenwell firm pays tribute to ‘greatest female architect in the world’

Dame Zaha Hadid at the London Aquatics Centre (Picture: Rahil Ahmad)

Dame Zaha Hadid at the London Aquatics Centre (Picture: Rahil Ahmad) - Credit: Rahil Ahmad

World-renowned architect Zaha Hadid has died at the age of 65, her firm has announced.

In a tribute, Zaha Hadid Architects, which is based in Bowling Green Lane in Clerkenwell, said: “It is with great sadness that Zaha Hadid Architects have confirmed that Dame Zaha Hadid, DBE, died suddenly in Miami in the early hours of this morning. She had contracted bronchitis earlier this week and suffered a sudden heart attack while being treated in hospital.

“Zaha Hadid was widely regarded to be the greatest female architect in the world today.”

The Iraqi-born architects designs include the Aquatic Centre in Stratford’s Olympic Park, the MAXXI National Museum of the 21st Century Arts in Rome and the Guangzhou Opera House in China.

This year she became the first woman to receive the Royal Insititute of British Architects Gold Medal.

Details of Zaha Hadid’s memorial service will be announced soon, the firm said.