The last Zaha Hadid filmed interview: “I don’t switch off.”

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Heydar Aliyev Centre in Azerbaijan. Photo from Hofton + Crow.

And on the 8th day, Zaha injected life into buildings.

They couldn’t fade dully in the background anymore.

She didn’t fade dully in this world either.

She was surely a starchitect, but truly an icon who inspired millions of architects, engineers and dreamers across the world.

And icons don’t fade.

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Zaha Hadid was born in Bagdad, studied maths in Beirut before rising to become a groundbreaking architect in London. Photo Copyright: ©designboom

One of Zaha Hadid’s last public interviews was published by the brilliant Oxford Union on YouTube on the 13th March 2016, just two weeks before she passed away from a heart attack on the 31st March. The world’s most famous architect, praised as the Queen of the Curve, was hospitalized a few days before that to treat a Bronchitis.

In that video, she seemed to have a cold. She could also come across as cold in the first few minutes, before her charm and contagious smile, wit and humour warmed up a star-struck student audience.

Her tips for success? “There’s no magic. You have to work hard.”

Watch below this revealing conversation with the Bagdad born icon which gives a valuable portrait on her philosophy, her architecture and her personality.

An interview in which she admitted:

“I don’t switch off…unfortunately. That doesn’t mean I don’t have fun.”




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