Meet Zaha Hadid, ‘the Queen of Architecture’, or ‘the Queen of the Curve’ as her architect colleagues called her. I didn’t know too much about Zaha Hadid and her background so was eagerly anticipating diving into this book.
Zaha Hadid was a designer from an early age and as a child she was designing her own clothes and bedroom furniture. She particularly enjoyed learning about Maths and Art and her studies would take her overseas where she would thrive, and her unique and new ideas would amaze her classmates and teachers. Zaha created designs to challenge engineers to build the unbuildable and her award-winning curvy buildings can be seen all over the world. Her legacy lives on after her death and she has set the path for future women architects to design and build in her footsteps.
Delightfully illustrated with bright and bold artwork and with a story told in short and simple sentences, this is an inspirational read for any young person. At the back of the the book there is a short overview of her life which includes key facts and dates and a historical timeline featuring photographs.
Zaha Hadid’s story is a fine example of how one woman changed a particular aspect of the world we live in today. What is so incredible about Zaha Hadid is that she managed to change the landscape of an industry that was dominated by men. Proof for any young girls that they themselves have the ‘girl-power’ to realise their dreams and that gender, race nor religion is a barrier to success.
Recommended for 5+.