A file photo taken on September 25, 2013, shows Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid posing for pictures outside her recently completed design for an extension of the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London. AFP / LEON NEAL
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Avant-garde architect Dame Zaha Hadid died of a heart attack in a Miami hospital Thursday morning at the age of 65, after being admitted earlier this week for bronchitis.Hadid is best known for her revolutionary designs and unapologetic character; she often challenged conventions of design, architecture and engineering. Hadid became the first female architect to receive the Royal Institute of British Architects' Royal Gold Medal in 2016, also making her the first Arab architect to win the title. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the American University of Beirut in 1971, Hadid first embarked on her architectural journey in 1972 when she enrolled in the Architectural Association in London where she met "starchitect" Rem Koolhaas. She went on to work for the rebellious architect before establishing her own firm in London in 1979 with computational designer, Patrik Schumacher, who currently serves as the director of Zaha Hadid Architects. Hadid and Schumacher always prided themselves on the multicultural, multidisciplinary and multifaceted team of artists, designers, mathematicians, researchers and variant engineers that made up the driving force behind some of their most groundbreaking designs.Hadid and Schumacher both believed in the power of self-sufficiency, self-sustainability and rebellion.
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