Both Zaha Hadid and David Adjaye have been members of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKAA) Steering Committee. Zaha was a member during the 1999-2001 award cycle and David during the most recent – 2014-6 award cycle. During the recently concluded 2014-6 award cycle, Zaha was one of the six 2016 AKAA award recipients for the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon.
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Year in Review: 8 Architects Who Made a Mark on 2016
BY LISA CONTAG | DECEMBER 24, 2016
2016 saw a number of spectacular museum openings, with the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. by British architect David Adjaye being one of the most anticipated. Constructed on the last remaining plot on the National Mall, the museum was inaugurated last September under much public and critical acclaim. Only days before the ceremony, Adjaye, who was born in 1966 in Tanzania, was awarded the 2016 Panerei London Design Medal for his work on the National Museum of African American History and Culture and his career over the past two decades.
The news of Zaha Hadid’s untimely death this March was a blow for the art and the architecture world alike. At only 65, the Iraqi-British architect died of a heart attack at a hospital in Miami, where she was being treated for bronchitis. Hadid was the first woman to receive the Pritzker Prize and the Royal Institute of British Architects Gold Medal. The news of her passing spurred a number of memorial events and tributes as well as posthumous awards around the globe, including a retrospective of her work running concurrently with this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale, and the Aga Khan Award for Architecture for the Fares Institute at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, among many others.
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