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Amanda Levete: ‘Zaha's global impact was profound’

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Amanda Levete has paid tribute to her ‘very dear and loyal friend’ Zaha Hadid 

The Gold Medal-winning architect died suddenly yesterday (31 March), aged just 65.

Levete described Hadid as ‘one of the most extraordinary talents of our time.’.

She said that Hadid, who had built across the world, had made a ‘profound impact on global architecture’.

Levete added: ‘She was an inspiration. Her global impact was profound and her legacy will be felt for many years to come because she shifted the culture of architecture and the way that we experience buildings.

‘Her work came out of the hotbed of the Architectural Association, but she was the one who most successfully exported those ideas to a global public through an architectural language that she developed over three decades. 

‘When my son was very young, Zaha showed him how to write his name in Arabic. It was the moment I realised the genesis of her remarkable architectural language.

‘She was an extraordinary role model for women. She was fearless and a trailblazer – her work was brave and radical. Despite sometimes feeling misunderstood, she was widely celebrated and rightly so.

‘I will miss her deeply as will the world of architecture.’

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