Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid was an Iraqi-British architect and the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize and the Royal Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects. She was described as the “Queen of the Curve” and designed many beautiful buildings, including the aquatic centre for the London 2012 Olympics.
“I will never give myself the luxury of thinking, ‘ I’ve made it. ‘” – Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid
Head of House: Miss Esterhuizen
“We are all architects within our society; as an individual we can provide our own vision but it is only through working with others, listening, learning and adopting alternative perspectives, that we become part of a greater whole. Zaha Hadid’s name, her work and her approach is testament to success. I am very proud to be part of House Hadid and all the diversity that lies within it.”
House Captain: Odeya Torralba
“I have been a student here in Bishops since year 7 and now currently studying Biology, Chemistry and Geography in the school’s Sixth Form. I admire Zaha Hadid’s courage to be one of the first women to truly break through and offer a female perspective of architecture in a field dominated by men and then presenting the ground-breaking, sensual designs that brought her fame.
Challenging the gender stereotype of women only having the ability to work in certain sectors with her success is a great message for the pupils in Bishop’s (especially as we are a girls’ school) to know that there are no limits to anything you want to achieve.
I am extremely grateful to be provided with the opportunity to represent House Hadid and I am looking forward to the upcoming amazing experiences in Hadid as house captain.