Leading architects including Norman Foster, Bjarke Ingels, Richard Rogers and Daniel Libeskind have paid tribute to the late Zaha Hadid in a video created by Dezeen and Architizer.
Foster called the Iraq-born architect, who died last month, “a very special person” while Libeskind said she was “a star in the firmament of ideas”.
Filmed in London and New York over the last two weeks, a dazzling array of architects and leading international figures from the arts and media – many of whom had close friendships with Hadid – agreed to speak about the Pritzker-prize winner. Many of them gave moving tributes.
“Zaha was a genius,” said Deborah Berke, dean of Yale School of Architecture. “She was doing work that nobody else conceived of, never mind figured out how to build.”
Patrik Schumacher, director at Zaha Hadid Architects and Hadid’s closest collaborator, described her as a “monumental innovator”.
Speaking on camera for the first time since her death of a heart attack on 31 March, aged 65, Schumacher said: “Zaha’s historical significance I think, if anything, has been underestimated. She’s been a monumental innovator, radically expanding the degrees of freedom one has as a composer in space.”
He also shed light on Hadid’s sometimes fiery temper.
“She also had a temper sometimes in work, but it came out of an intense will to excellence and a certain degree of insecurity whether what we had at that time was good enough, which kind of fuelled this drive to do more,” he said.
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