Zaha Hadid, Riverside Museum
The Riverside Museum building was designed by Zaha Hadid Architects and engineers Buro Happold and was completed on 20 June 2011.
Iraqi-British architect Zaha Mohammad Hadid was born in Baghdad, Iraq in 1950. She studied mathematics at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon and moved to London in 1972 to study at the Architectural Association School of Architecture where she studied with Rem Koolhaas (1944, Rotterdam, Netherlands), Elia Zenghelis (1937, Athens, Greece) and Bernard Tschumi (1944, Lausanne, Switzerland). After her graduation in 1977, she started to work for her former professors, Koolhaas and Zenghelis at the OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture). In the early 1980s she started teaching architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge University, and the University of Chicago and several other institutions. Hadid’s major accomplishments are the Riverside Museum, Glasgow, Scotland (2004–2011) depicted here, the Bridge Pavilion in Zaragoza, Spain (2005–2008), Guangzhou Opera House, Guangzhou, China (2003–2010), the Administration building of BMW Factory in Leipzig, Germany (2001–2005) and the Galaxy SOHO in Beijing, China (2008–2012). Zaha Hadid died of a heart attack in 2016, the year her last building, the Port Authority, Antwerp, Belgium was opened.