Cincinnati celebrates Zaha Hadid, world renowned architect

Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid

Saturday, May 7, 1-3:30 p.m., Contemporary Arts Center

The unexpected death in March of renowned architect Zaha Hadid has brought her enormous influence on the global architectural community into sharp focus.

This weekend, the celebration of the Iraqi-born, British architect’s work turns to Cincinnati, where her career took off after the opening of the Lois and Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art, home of  the Contemporary Arts Center.

The CAC, which opened in May 2003, was Zaha Hadid’s first completed project in the U.S. and one of the first of her projects to be built anywhere, although she was widely admired around the globe as a thought leader in architecture. In 2004, she became the first woman to win architecture’s Pritzker Prize, the first of much worldwide recognition to come. She died at a Miami Hospital, at age 65, after suffering a heart attack while being treated for bronchitis.

The CAC, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Equity in Architecture, and University of Cincinnati’s Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning college (DAAP) will host this weekend’s free event.

The day’s agenda:

  • Introduction and welcome by Raphaela Platow, CAC director and chief curator
  • Discussion of Hadid’s work to the present, by Robert Benson, professor emeritus, Architecture and Interior Design, Miami University
  • The CAC commission and construction, by Richard Rosenthal, arts philanthropist and name donor of the Lois and Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art, and Mark Stedtefeld, architect and principal, Emersion Design
  • Introduction, by Heather Wehby, AIA Cincinnati Equity in Architecture committee & Architect, Emersion Design
  • Introduction, by Michael McInturf, interim director, School of Architecture & Interior Design, DAAP
  • Zaha Hadid’s future projects, by Christoph Klemmt, assistant professor, Architecture & Interior Design, DAAP and former designer with Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Open Q&A with the entire panel
  • Closing, by Raphaela Platow

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