This event will focus on the extraordinary contributions of Zaha Hadid as an architect. Elia Zenghelis, one of Hadid’s early teachers, will share his reflections on Zaha both as a student and as an internationally recognized architect. Patrik Schumacher, Hadid’s professional partner, will discuss their collaboration and the shifts over the years in the direction of the practice’s design approach. Zenghelis and Schumacher will then engage in a conversation together with Xin Zhang, Hadid’s close friend and client, whose company SOHO China commissioned several of her significant projects.
Showing examples of his work, Elia Zenghelis will argue that images can do more than be mere illustrations. They are endowed with the makings of a much more eloquent instrumentality: they can be the embodiment and the visual discourse of a project, with all the aims, values, and content represented in a single composition. Images can be projects in their own right.