New Member of the Year
Winner: Zaha Hadid Architects - Practices that have entered the AJ100 for the first time, or after five years’ absence, are eligible for the New Member of the Year Award, based on business success and the quality of the practice’s work
AJ technical editor Felix Mara once compared Zaha Hadid Architects’ MAXXI in Rome, and implicitly the creative force which spawned it, to a comet’s trajectory through the night sky.
With characteristic dramatic effect, Zaha’s star now shines brightly in the number nine spot in this year’s AJ100.
But then, Zaha is a master of the unexpected. Two years ago, who would have thought that her practice would be awarded the Stirling Prize in consecutive years, first for MAXXI and then for the home grown, though anything but homespun, Evelyn Grace Academy in London.
That a practice that has always been so singularly dedicated to architectural quality and invention should be the AJ100’s highest new entrant will be an inspiration to those who aspire to the exciting challenges that work in large practices offer without sacrificing their artistic and personal integrity.
It is only fitting that last month Zaha was awarded the Jane Drew Prize for her outstanding contribution to the status of women in architecture.
Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams
David Morley Architects
John Robertson Architects
Zaha Hadid Architects (winner)