Quotes by: Zaha Hadid

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Architecture is particularly difficult for women; there's no reason for it to be. I don't want to blame men or society, but I think it was for a long time, the clients were men, the building industry is all male.
Zaha Hadid
I can't focus when there's too many things around. Whenever I used to go to the office, I used to always say, 'Tidy up.'
Zaha Hadid
When you are overworked and exhausted, there is a sense of kind of delirium and that's why I think architects do all-nighters and they kind of do those deadlines. For four days I remember doing four nights in one row with no sleep. I mean nobody, unless you are crazy, would do that, but you are totally focused on the project.
Zaha Hadid
It's very important that historic cities are allowed to reinvent their future.
Zaha Hadid
All the privileged can travel, see different worlds; not everyone can. I think it is important for people to have an interesting locale nearby.
Zaha Hadid
My father was a politician, and a very important politician, and one of the leaders of the Iraqi Democratic Party, who believed in progress.
Zaha Hadid
The commission process in America and England is different. In America, they do it through an interview process, and it's really based on whether they like you or not. I mean, it's nothing to do with whether you do the best scheme or the worst scheme.
Zaha Hadid
Wherever I am in the world, my perfect day begins with waking up and heading to the beach or the pool or somewhere I can be semi-comatose. I just wake up and go to the sun.
Zaha Hadid
I don't think that everybody in the planet should have a child. I've never had the desire I should have a kid.
Zaha Hadid
When I was growing up in Iraq, there was an unbroken belief in progress and a great sense of optimism. It was a moment of nation building.
Zaha Hadid
I am equally proud of all of my architectural projects. It's always rewarding to see an ambitious design become reality.
Zaha Hadid
Contrary to popular view, I've never been patronized in the Middle East. Men maybe treat women differently, but they do not treat them with disrespect. They don't hate women. It's a very different kind of mentality.
Zaha Hadid
I love driving around east London - it's always full of surprises. Actually, I don't drive myself - I like to be driven.
Zaha Hadid
What's similar between Britain and America is the lack of good-quality civic buildings.
Zaha Hadid
Of course, my family helped me, my brothers helped me, but after I set up my own office I had to really help myself. Some people seem to think I had an oil well in my garden! It's a nice idea but not true.
Zaha Hadid
I really love Miami, but I don't think the architecture matches the city. It's a bit too commercial.
Zaha Hadid
Society has not been set up in a way that allows women to go back to work after taking time off. Many women now have to work as well as do everything at home and no one can do everything. Society needs to find a way of relieving women.
Zaha Hadid
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