Zaha Hadid

British-Iraqi architect, design maestro and all round creative genius Zaha Hadid was responsible for some of the most epic structures of our time. So called ‘The Queen of the curve’ by The Guardian who ‘liberated architectural geometry, giving it a whole new expressive identity.’

Who could forget the Aquatic Centre for the 2012 Olympics, Beijing Daxing International Airport and the Haydar Aliyev Center Baku (below); Zaha was awarded a Dame hood in 2012 for such epic triumphs. As a individual of incredible strength, talent and single vision Donata Davidoff is informed by her skill and precision, and the delicate femininity she gave so forcefully to an industry dominated by men. She once said ‘As a woman in architecture you're always an outsider. It's OK, I like being on the edge.’

One of the most prolific figures in the 21st Century, her impact on form and shape is evident everywhere. Even more so after her death at the age of 65 in 2016. Her fluid and almost poetic approach is always in the back of Donata’s mind ‘I naturally lean towards people of power and conviction creatively and personally. Zaha epitomises what we should all stand for, courage, hard work and someone who utterly ignores the glass ceiling.’

Haydar Aliyev Center Baku photographed by Helene Binet