Zaha Hadid: Who Dares Wins

Zaha Hadid: Who Dares Wins

Alan Yentob’s profile of the late Zaha Hadid, first shown in 2013, three years before her recent death.

Zaha Hadid born in Baghdad in 1950 and based in London, she was perhaps the most successful female architect there has ever been. She was one of a handful of global superstar designers who have changed the way people think about the world through buildings. Yet this wasn’t always the case – Hadid once had a reputation as unbuildable, a ‘paper architect’ whose projects began as vivid paintings of gravity-defying shapes exploding into the void.

How did this extraordinary and pioneering woman – by turns charming, stubborn, visionary yet exacting – come to build the impossible? Imagine visits her buildings across the globe, from Austria to Azerbaijan, to find out.