Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Fourth Gretzky

Once again it is time to present SMARTKETING’s annual Gretzky award to the individual who we believe is skating to where the puck is going to be.  This year the award goes to world renowned architect, Zaha Hadid.

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Born in Baghdad, Iraq, now residing in London, Zaha Hadid is considered by many the leader of bold, unconventional “futuristic” architecture.  Her list of achievements are numerous, but she stepped into the world spotlight back in 2004 when she became the first woman to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize, architecture’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize.  In 2008 she was ranked 69th on Forbes list of “The World’s Most Powerful Women.”  She won the Stirling Prize, a prestigious honor awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects two years running, 2010 and 2011.  Her list of achievements goes on and on!

By awarding Ms. Hadid the fourth Gretzky award, hopefully for the world travelers reading this post you will check out some of her modern structures.  One you are all familiar with is the London Aquatics Center that was utilized during the 2012 Summer Olympics.  She is currently working on the 2020 Tokyo Olympic stadium.  One structure closer to home that her firm was recently commissioned will be the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University.  In addition to her team of over 400 people working on an estimated 950 projects in 44 countries around the world, Ms Hadid also dabbles in designing avant-garde furniture, wine bottles and yachts.  I recommend you click here for more information.

Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid, congratulations!  We applaud you!


  1. Talking about breaking the mold! Her work is fantastic, futuristic and really sexy! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Jim--I only read your posts occasionally but when I do I find them thought provoking. Keep the Menorah burning for us.