From early in her career, on the cusp of the architect’s emergence to the global stage, through to her recent projects that continue to innovate with new design, construction and material technologies. The Royal Gold Medal is given in recognition of a lifetime’s work and this exhibition spans the breadth of Hadid’s career showcasing a selection of models, photographs and prints.
“Zaha Hadid Architects Exhibition“
February 2 – February 29, 2016
9 am – 5 pm
66 Portland Place
In 2004 Zaha Hadid became the first woman to be awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize. She has twice won the UK’s most prestigious architecture award, the RIBA Stirling Prize: in 2010 for the MAXXI Museum in Rome, a building for the staging of 21st Century art, the distillation of years of experimentation, a mature piece of architecture conveying a calmness that belies the complexities of its form and organisation; and in 2011 the Evelyn Grace Academy, a unique design, expertly inserted into an extremely tight site, that shows the students, staff and local residents they are valued and celebrates the school’s specialism throughout its fabric, with student participation at every turn.
For the month of February these works will be on display with a selection of models from some of ZHA’s most notable built projects including The MAXXI Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome (2010), the London Aquatics Centre for the 2012 Olympic Games and the Rosenthal Centre for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati (2003). Also showcased in the exhibition are models of the Bergisel Ski Jump in Innsbruck (2002), Beijing’s New Airport (now under construction) and the 1000 Museum residential tower in Miami (also under construction).
Photographs capturing the diversity of ZHA’s architecture will be shown in the Bistro at 66; including those of Zaha Hadid‘s long-time collaborator Helene Binet, Iwan Baan’s images of the Heydar Aliyev Centre in Baku, Azerbaijan and the MAXXI Museum, and Luke Hayes, who depicts two of ZHA’s London projects: the Evelyn Grace Academy (2010) and London Aquatics Centre (2011).
THE ROYAL GOLD MEDAL
Given in recognition of a lifetime’s work, the Royal Gold Medal is presented by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and approved personally by Her Majesty The Queen and is given to a person or group of people who have had a significant influence “either directly or indirectly on the advancement of architecture”. Awarded since 1848, past Royal Gold Medallists include Frank Gehry (2000), Norman Foster (1983), Frank Lloyd Wright (1941) and Sir George Gilbert Scott (1859). At the award ceremony, Dame Zaha Hadid stated:
“We now see more established female architects all the time. That doesn’t mean it’s easy. Sometimes the challenges are immense. There has been tremendous change over recent years and we will continue this progress.”
“Part of architecture’s job is to make people feel good in the spaces where we live, go to school or where we work – so we must be committed to raising standards. […] buildings have always been based on the concept of minimal existence – that shouldn’t be the case today. Architects now have the skills and tools to address these critical issues.”