Renowned Architect Zaha Hadid Dead at 65

Ms. Hadid contracted bronchitis and suffered from a heart attack during treatment.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Architect Zaha Hadid poses for a photograph in front of the redeveloped Serpentine Sackler Gallery in Hyde Park on September 25 2013 in London, England. The renovation of the 1805 gunpowder store, located on the north side of the Serpentine Bridge, was designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. The new gallery, restaurant and social space will officially open to the public on September 28, 2013.

Zaha Hadid in front of the redeveloped Serpentine Sackler Gallery in Hyde Park (Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Zaha Hadid, world renowned architect, died in Miami on Thursday. Ms. Hadid, who was 65, contracted bronchitis and then suffered from a heart attack during treatment in the hospital.

One of Ms. Hadid’s most famous works was the “Mind Zone,” one of fourteen exhibition spaces inside the Millennium Dome. Ms. Hadid’s design focuses on what happens inside the mind, with overlapping sections to allow for a fluid journey throughout the space.

Ms. Hadid’s fame, and reputation for being somewhat of a charismatic diva, led to inventive nicknames, from “The Z” to “The Lady Gaga of Architecture.” Some of her more inventive works were never created, although her designs were often copied; famously, Japanese architect Kengo Kuma denied copying Ms. Hadid’s proposal for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Members of the public admire the redeveloped Serpentine Sackler Gallery in Hyde Park on September 25, 2013 in London, England. The renovation of the 1805 gunpowder store, located on the north side of the Serpentine Bridge, was designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. The new gallery, restaurant and social space will officially open to the public on September 28, 2013.

The redeveloped 1805 gunpowder store, located on the north side of the Serpentine Bridge, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects (Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Ms. Hadid was the first woman to win the 2004 Pritzker Architecture Prize, the Nobel Prize of her field, in 2004.  Her first building stateside was the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati, a project beloved by critics. A statement released by Zaha Hadid Architects said, “Zaha Hadid was widely regarded to be the greatest female architect in the world today.”

Zaha Hadid visits the Riverside Museum, her first major public commission in the UK on June 9, 2011 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Zaha Hadid visiting the Riverside Museum, her first major public commission in the UK in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Many of the Iraqi-born, London-based Ms. Hadid’s most complex structures have yet to be completed; her most famous New York work is still forthcoming. She designed an apartment block (her first residential building in the city) next to the High Line, set to be finished early next year. There are forty units of these futuristic, much sought-after apartments, all influenced by Ms. Hadid’s curved design. The condos are currently on the market, ranging from $4.95 million for a two bedroom to $50 million for a penthouse.

View of the bridge pavilion "Water, a scarce resource" designed by Iranian Zaha Hadid as part of the International Exhibition Expo Zaragoza 2008 on a theme of "Water and Sustainable Development" in Zaragoza on June 13, 2008.

View of the bridge pavilion “Water, a scarce resource” designed by Zaha Hadid (Photo: Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty).

As one of the most famous architects of all time, Ms. Hadid’s inventive, geometric and graceful designs can be seen in skylines worldwide.

Renowned Architect Zaha Hadid Dead at 65