2022 Archive: Zaha Hadid: Reimagining London

8 June – 2 July 2022

Zaha Hadid Foundation, 10 Bowling Green Lane, London, EC1R 0BQ

Organised in collaboration with the Zaha Hadid Foundation, and presented at the site of the globally renowned architect’s former office in Clerkenwell, this exhibition assembled Hadid’s visionary projects for London, the city she made her home, uncovering rare and unseen works from over forty years of practice.

Hadid was one of the most influential architects of the past century. She was the first woman to be awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize and the first and only solo woman to be awarded the Royal Gold Medal for architecture. Born in Baghdad, Iraq, Hadid emigrated to London in 1972 to study at the Architectural Association (AA) and lived and worked in the city for the rest of her life. Despite the phenomenal range and scale of building projects that Zaha Hadid Architects has realized across the globe from the 1990s, relatively few projects came to fruition in the city she adopted as home in her lifetime. And yet from her student years, Hadid was profoundly inspired by London’s complex cityscape. This exhibition assembles her visions for London for the first time.

Zaha Hadid: Reimagining London was curated by the students from the Courtauld Institute of Art’s MA programme Curating the Art Museum, and organized in collaboration with the Zaha Hadid Foundation. The exhibition was accompanied by a programme of live events, including a late evening opening in conjunction with the London Festival of Architecture, an In Conversation with renowned British architect Nigel Coates, and a panel discussion on the intersection between architecture and gender.