The first woman to win the Pritzker Award, Hadid was born in Baghdad and moved to London in 1972 to study architecture at the Architectural Association. After graduating in 1977 she joined the Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA). Hadid taught at the AA School until 1987 and has since held numerous chairs and guest professorships at universities around the world including Columbia, Harvard and Yale. She began her own practice in London in 1979 and won the prestigious competition for the Hong Kong Peak Club, a leisure and recreational center in 1983. Painting and drawing, especially in her early period, are important techniques of investigation for her design work. Hadid’s work of the past 30 years was the subject of critically-acclaimed exhibitions at New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 2006, London’s Design Museum in 2007, the Palazzo della Ragione in Padua, Italy in 2009, the DAC Copenhagen in 2013 and the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg in 2015.