Google honors architect Zaha Hadid with doodle

Have you peeped Google today? It’s all about Zaha Hadid, an Iraqi-British architect known for her striking and innovative designs.

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The search engine site, which sometimes uses its homepage to honor prominent figures, is highlighting the revolutionary architect just over a year after her death. 

Born in 1950 in Baghdad, Hadid gravitated toward numbers at an early age. By the time she made it to her 20s, she had studied mathematics at two renowned institutions. The American University of Beirut was her first stop. Then she transferred to the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London to finish up her degree. After graduation, she began to reach international success for her iconic buildings admired all over the world. 

Some of her earliest projects included the Vitra Fire Station in Germany, the Bergisel Ski Jump in Austria and the Contemporary Arts Center in Ohio. And in her later years, she gained notoriety for the London Aquatics Center built specifically for the 2012 Summer Olympics and the Broad Art Museum in Michigan. 

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The “queen of the curve” didn’t keep her secrets to herself though. She taught students at the University of Illinois, Ohio State University, Yale University and the University of Applied Arts Vienna; and she opened an architectural design firm, which employees more than 400 people, in London in 1980.

During her nearly 30-year career, she received more than 20 honors including the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize. She was the first woman and Iraqi recipient of the award. 

In 2016, Hadid died unexpectedly from a heart attack at age 65. Since her death, she continues to be recognized through her posthumous projects and other rewards. Now, Google is paying tribute to her. Check out the doodle archive to see Hadid’s animated doodle.

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Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid has died at age 65 in a Miami, Fla. hospital. Hadid designed buildings around the world. Her modernist, futuristic designs included the swooping aquatic center for the 2012 London Olympics. (Erica A. Hernandez/AJC)

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