Famed Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid has died at the age of 65, her firm said in a statement.
Hadid died early Thursday at a hospital in Miami after suffering a sudden heart attack, Ziba Hadid Architects said. She was at the hospital being treated for bronchitis. Hadid was hospitalized earlier in the week to be treated for the illness.
The statement said Hadid, “was widely regarded to be the greatest female architect in the world today.”
She was born in Baghdad in 1950 and studied at the American University of Beirut before continuing her studies at the Architectural Association in London.
“By 1979 she had established her own practice in London – Zaha Hadid Architects – garnering a reputation across the world for her ground-breaking theoretical works including,” the statement said. “Working with office partner Patrik Schumacher, her interest was in the interface between architecture, landscape, and geology; which her practice integrates with the use of innovative technologies often resulting in unexpected and dynamic architectural forms.”