Zaha Hadid named UNESCO Artist for Peace

June 29, 2010

Pritzker Prize winner Zaha Hadid awarded for ‘dedication to the ideals and aims’ of UNESCO.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) last week named British architect Zaha Hadid as an Artist for Peace.

UNESCO said the Iraqi-born British architect was selected “in recognition of her efforts to raise public awareness of intercultural dialogue, to promote excellence in design and creativity, and her dedication to the ideals and aims of the Organization”.

Director General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, named Hadid in a ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters on 24 June 2010.

UNESCO Artists for Peace are “renowned personalities who use their influence, charisma and prestige to promote UNESCO’s message”. Other Artists for Peace include author Frankétienne (Haiti), musician Manu Dibango (Cameroon), fashion designer Bibi Russell (Bangladesh), musician Gilberto Gil (Brazil), actress and singer Maria de Medeiros (Portugal) and writer Scott Momaday (United States).

Hadid was born in Baghdad in 1950, and studied at the American University of Beirut before enrolling at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. She has completed projects in Europe, Asia and America and was awarded the Pritzker Prize in 2004.

Notable projects include the Louis & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati (2003), the Phaeno Science Center in Germany (2005), the Burnham Pavilion in Chicago (2009) and the MAXXI Museum of XXI Century Arts in Rome (2009).

Current projects include the Abu Dhabi Performing Arts Centre in the UAE, the Madrid Civil Courts of Justice and the London Aquatics Centre, part of the London 2012 Olympic Park.

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