Google honors groundbreaking architect Zaha Hadid with Doodle
The Iraqi-born architect has created some of the most recognizable buildings of the past 20 years.
Hadid was born in Iraq to wealthy parents and attended architecture school at the Architectural Association in London. She would go on to design some of the most striking buildings around the world, including the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan and the Guangzhou Opera House in China.
She was known for her futuristic style that often favored bold shapes over straight lines.
Her unique style and exacting personality attracted both massive fans and avid detractors throughout her life, with some calling her a “pioneer” and others a “tyrant,” the Guardian reported.
The architect was a ground breaker in more than her aesthetic style. In 2004, she became the first woman to win the celebrated Pritzker Architecture Prize. She was also the first woman to win the Royal Gold Medal in Architecture from the Royal Institute of British Architects.
Hadid died in 2016 of a sudden heart attack while being treated for bronchitis.
Fans of her work can find it throughout the U.K. including in London at the Olympic aquatics center and at the Serpentine Sackler gallery in Kensington gardens. She left several projects unfinished upon her death, and her firm is moving ahead with plans for a high-rise apartment complex she designed in Miami titled One Thousand Museum, set to be finished in 2018.