Zaha Hadid (1950- ) is amongst the most famous, celebrated, and reviled architects working today. Some criticize her work as insensitive to context and function--sculpture at the scale of architecture--while others praise the first female Pritzker Prize winner's deconstructivist style as perpetually on the vanguard of form and technology. For all her attention, she has produced few buildings. The first to actually be built was a fire station at the Vitra headquarters in Weil am Rhein, Germany, which was quickly abandoned as a functioning firehouse and repurposed into gallery space. Her other prominent commissions include the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati; the Chanel Mobile Art Pavilion which has been in Tokyo, Hong Kong, New York and other places; the BMW Central Building in Leipzig, Germany; and Maggie's Center at the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy, Scotland. She works from her studio in London.

Zaha Hadid's Milan Installation
As part of last month's Milan Design Week, Zaha Hadid Architects teamed with LEA Ceramiche to create "Twirl," a mesmerizing...
Zaha Hadid in Central Park
In time for the Cooper-Hewitt's National Design Week is London-based architect Zaha Hadid's collaboration with Chanel's Karl...