Zaha Hadid (Architect Extraordinaire)
Born Iraq, 1950
First Woman to Win a Pritzker Architecture Prize (2004)
Iraqi-born Zaha Hadid may be known more for the buildings she has designed that have NOT been built than those that have.
Likewise, though her name and her work may not be widely recognised by the general public, she is most certainly an icon in the world of architecture. She is lauded for her avant-garde, surreal and modernistic building designs such as the Phaeno Science Center.
In 2008, she ranked 69th on the Forbes list of "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women;” she was the guest editor of the BBC's flagship morning radio news programme, Today, on January 2nd 2009 , during which she was also interviewed.