The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) recently announced that Dame Zaha Hadid will receive the 2016 Royal Gold Medal
Dame Zaha Hadid, founder of ZHA Architects, will be the first woman to be awarded the prestigious honour, and will join the ranks of past winners such as Norman Foster, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright. Given in recognition of a lifetime's work, the Royal Gold Medal is approved personally by Her Majesty The Queen and is given to a person or group of people who have had a significant influence in the advancement of architecture.
Zaha Hadid is known throughout the world as architect who constantly pushes the boundaries of construction and design. Her works have graced most continents, and include the Guangzhou Opera House in China, the Messner Mountain Museum in Italy, Jockey Club Innovation Tower at Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the London Aquatics Centre.
In response to the announcement, Zaha Hadid said, “I am very proud to be awarded the Royal Gold Medal, in particular, to be the first woman to receive the honour in her own right. I would like to thank Peter Cook, Louisa Hutton and David Chipperfield for the nomination and Jane Duncan and the Honours Committee for their support. We now see more established female architects all the time. That doesn't mean it's easy. Sometimes the challenges are immense. There has been tremendous change over recent years and we will continue this progress.”