CNN will air an interview with Zaha Hadid today as part of its ??Leading Women?? series. CNN??s Becky Anderson meets Hadid at her exhibition space, where they reflect on the architect??s inspirations, achievements, rejections, recent projects and winning her Pritzker Prize. The full interview will air on CNN at 17.30pm on Wednesday 29th August, and 19.30pm on Saturday 1st September.
After years spent struggling to get any of her buildings built, Hadid has, in recent years, become one of the biggest names on the international stage. In 2003 Hadid??s first major project came to fruition ?? the Rosenthal Centre for Contemporary Art. This marked a set change for Hadid who received commission after commission – culminating in two consecutive RIBA Stirling Prize wins in 2010 and 2011 and the creation of the spectacular £269million London Olympic Aquatics Centre.
Now, a household name, who has created some of the world??s most recognisable structures, Hadid has also become an aspirational figure for millions of female architects. At first, Hadid struggled with this status, preferring not to draw attention away from her work to the fact she is one of the few females who has made it to the top of the international architectural food-chain.
Now though, as she discusses with CNN; she has learnt to embrace the opportunity to raise the profile of female architects and encourage others to persue a career in the industry. ?I used to not like being called a woman architect. I’m an architect, not just a woman architect?? But I see the incredible need from other women for reassurance that it could be done, so I don’t mind that at all,” Hadid explains.
Click here to view a video clip of the interview.