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Zaha Hadid to be awarded Goldsmiths fellowship

Zaha Hadid is set to be awarded an honorary degree and fellowship by Goldsmiths College during its annual graduation ceremony next month

Hadid has been chosen by the college due to her ‘inventive approach, and eagerness to challenge conventions which have pushed the boundaries of architecture and urban design’.

The architect, whose London 2012 Aquatics Centre is currently shortlisted for the Stirling Prize, has been joined by six other professionals drawn from various branches of the creative industries.

The list also includes singer and songwriter P J Harvey; satirical cartoonist Martin Rowson; poet George Szirtes; Scottish journalist Neal Ascherson and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell.

Liz Bromley, registrar and secretary of Goldsmiths, said: ‘Our honorands this year are a remarkable group of people. They have changed communities through their inspiring architectural designs. They have pointed out the ridiculous in the news and made us laugh. They have inspired us with their words, their music, and their art. They have fought for our rights. And they have helped us to understand who we are now by looking to the past.

‘Today we are celebrating their achievements. We have invited them to join the Goldsmiths family and will be welcoming them into our community. They will now be a part of an institution that prides itself on empowering individuals from all walks of life to become visionaries, just like them.’

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