Art Society Lecturer
Heydar Aliyev Center
Heydar Aliyev Center
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LECTURE REVIEW: By Ian Veroni
9th, September 2019 Lecture 6:
ZAHA HADID - ARCHITECTURAL SUPERSTAR. Presented by - Mr. Colin Davies, Arts Society Lecturer
Colin Davies took us inside the life and work of this extraordinary, talented and very gifted Iraqi-British architect who became the first Arab woman to receive the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize. Her presentations to clients were expressive designs marked by sweeping fluid forms of multiple perspective points in many beautiful paintings of her vision for their projects. Colin is a speaker who knows his subject well and is passionate about it. Explaining in several 'isims' the wide range of architectural styles that led us through the ages to Zaha Hadid herself. Although her notoriety as an Architect, who only designed but never built anything, was a roadblock to full recognition of her genius in the latter part of her life and career (deceased to early in 2016, aged 65) her firm finally delivered stunning buildings with the arrival of (Sr. Partner) Patrik Schumacher. Her first building was the wonderful gem, Vitra Fire Station, Weil am Rhein, Germany (1993), including the iconic Heydar Aliyev Center, Baku (2013) and finally Daxing Airport in Beijing which opens September 2019. Also an educator, she held the Sullivan Chair professorship at the University of Illinois at Chicago's School of Architecture in the 1990s. And was a guest professor at various institutions through the years. All this before her fame as an Architect! Zaha Hadid's life and body of work was eloquently delivered via excellent presentation materials and Colin Davies' acquaintance with this Superstar!
LECTURE OUTLINE: ZAHA HADID - ARCHITECTURAL SUPERSTAR
Presented by - Mr. Colin Davies, Arts Society Lecturer
Dame Zaha Hadid died on March 31st 2016 at the age of 65. Architectural historians of the future will surely recognise her as one of the important architects of the early 21st century. She was born in Iraq and her reputation was global but she made Britain her home. This lecture tells the story of her career from the visionary projects of the 1980s, through the years of frustration when her designs were considered unbuildable, to the prolific crop of successful projects built all over the world in the last decade of her life.
Raffle prizes for this lecture will be the following books:
The Complete Zaha Hadid
by Thames and Hudson
by Philip Jodidio
Raffle tickets are sold at the door and cost $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00.
Two winning tickets are drawn and the first winner takes first pick.
The raffle is drawn at the conclusion of the lecture.