The first woman to ever receive the Royal Institute of British Architects Gold Medal, Dame Zaha Hadid, died this Thursday in Miami. Hadid was born in Baghdad, Iraq, in 1950 and went on to study architecture at London's Architectural Association in the early '70s. After she completed her education she founded her own company, Zaha Hadid Architects, in 1979.
Among the highlights of her career are global commissions including work on the London Olympic Aquatic Center, the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, Glasgow's Riverside Museum, the breathtaking Guangzhou Opera House in China, and her first-ever major commission, the Vitra Fire Station in Weil am Rhein, Germany.
Hadid was reportedly hospitalized for bronchitis and subsequently suffered a fatal heart attack while still under medical care. She leaves behind an incredible legacy through her body of work.