A star of postmodern architecture

Born and raised in Iraq, Zaha Hadid has lived in London for the past 20 years. Virtually the only woman who has managed to break into the male-dominated clique of international architecture, she has become one of the stars of postmodern architecture. It wasn’t always like that, however. The radical designs which made Hadid a legend in the 1990s were initially greeted with suspicion in the market. Rather than opening for her, doors slammed shut. The assignment for the new wing of the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art five years ago changed her destiny. Now dozens of Hadid’s projects are under construction.