Lecture date: 2006-02-28
Coinciding with the AA exhibition of the project, Zaha Hadid presents the architecture of the Phaeno Science Centre in Wolfsburg which opened to worldwide acclaim in November 2005. Her presentation provides an insight into the architectural ideas at the core of the project.
Best known for her seminal built works, Hadid’s central concerns involve a simultaneous engagement in practice, teaching and research. A former AA student, she was awarded the Diploma Prize in 1977 and joined OMA in the same year. After teaching in Dip 9 with her former tutors Rem Koolhaas and Elia Zenghelis, she lead her own unit until 1987.
More recently, she has held the Kenzo Tange Chair at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard; the Sullivan Chair of the University of Illinois; and is Professor at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna. She has also held several guest professorships. Zaha Hadid is the 2004 winner of the Pritzker Prize in Architecture. NB: The technical realisation of the project is described more fully in the roundtable lecture featuring Hanif Kara, Christos Passas, and Paul Scott held on 02/03/2006.