of the many stellar women in the world, zaha hadid was a creative standout for me. her bravery and strength of vision were evidence of a once-in-a-lifetime talent. she stood self-assured in a profession dominated by men. with bold and noble persian eyes wide open, she throttled architecture where it had not gone before to realize the crisp shards of her seminal "peak" project in hong kong to the undulating curves and speed-filled volumes of stadiums, office towers and museums.
zaha hadid imagined a new architecture. she strode a wave born from the architectural association, the radical london school. around the world, experiments were percolating by gehry, tschumi and koolhas (the latter, her professor at the aa). zaha plotted her own course. she had the mathematician's view of digital age design and the artist's spirit where gravity no longer existed and fluid architecture floated curves with rigorous abandon.
i miss zaha. i wish that i had known her in life. she was an amazing architect and an amazing woman.