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Schumacher: 'Zaha Hadid Architects is a viable, vibrant practice'

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Patrik Schumacher has said Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) remains a ‘viable, vibrant’ practice, despite the shock loss of its iconic figurehead last month

Speaking to the New York Times, Hadid’s long-time collaborator confirmed the nearly 400-strong practice would continue to deliver the work of its founder, who died of a heart attack aged 65 in Miami on 31 March.

Schumacher, who will take over the running of the company, added he wanted ‘to become more visible as a leader’ as the studio pressed on with 36 projects in 21 countries, which are either ‘under construction or in detailed design development’.

The German-born architect, who worked in London with Hadid for nearly 30 years, said: ‘We want to tell the world that we’re still a viable, vibrant address for major work of cultural importance.’

In the same article the New York Times quoted ZHA’s chief executive Mouzhan Majidi as saying: ‘She left us at the busiest time ever.

‘We feel very confident that we will carry on and go forward with her vision and her legacy and the experimental research she established in the office.’

Majidi, who worked at Foster + Partners for 27 years, added: ‘It’s not the master architect who dictates and says, “Go and deliver it”. It’s a collective, it’s a team.’

Last week the practice released a statement reaffirming that the company would not close and that the staff were determined to carry on.

It read: ‘[Hadid] continues to drive and inspire us every day, and we work on as Zaha taught us – with curiosity, integrity, passion and determination.

‘[Everyone] at Zaha Hadid Architects is committed to continuing this progress.’

According to the New York Times, as well as opening offices in Mexico City and Dubai, the AJ100 firm ’also hopes to push further into aviation’ on the back of its recent win for the world’s biggest airport in Beijing.

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