Zaha Hadid Architects: Evolution

Upcoming Exhibition Exhibition in TheGallery

15 February – 19 April 2018

Curated by Dr. Christian McLening and Woody Yao

TheGallery, AUB

TheGallery in collaboration with the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, AUB, are working with Zaha Hadid Architects to create an exhibition that provides an insight into the world of Zaha Hadid.

Showcasing a selection of key designs to illustrate the continuous process of ZHA’s on-going design investigation. This exhibition aims to provide an insight into the world of Zaha Hadid Architects. The exhibition will showcase a selection of key designs to illustrate the continuous process of ZHA’s on-going design investigation.

Each of the practice’s innovative projects build on over thirty years of exploration and research in the interrelated fields of urbanism, architecture and design. As one is guided through the selection of exhibits, a clear progression in the office’s design aesthetics is presented from Zaha Hadid’s early deconstructivist beginnings to the more fluid and organic design that is presented in 3D printed form.

Through handmade models, sketches, drawings, computer renders, animations, paintings, 3D printed models, prototypes and videos, the exhibition will offer an insight on the different media that have played a key role in developing and designing projects throughout the history of the practice.

ZHD will be working with students from the BA (Hons) Modelmaking degree to provide a new set of architectural models of designs from ZHA for the exhibition, specifically for the show and as part of their Design Representation unit. This part of the curriculum encourages students to explore the role and function of models in the design process, and their importance in communicating architectural concepts to an audience.

The exhibition has been part funded by the Research and Knowledge Transfer Committee, AUB.
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Meet the curators: Dr. Christian McLening and Woody Yao

Dr. Christian McLening
Dr. Christian McLening is the Dean of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at the Arts University Bournemouth.

He studied automotive industrial design at Coventry University and has a design MA degree from Central Saint Martin’s College, the Arts University London. Originally trained as an industrial designer, Christian has also professional practiced automotive, product and architectural design. He is a Chartered Technological Product Designer with the Institution of Engineering Designers.

Christian holds a PhD from Brunel University London, specialising in the creative design process within the architectural field. He also has a research interest in industrial design and design methodology as well as being a specialist in sustainable materials. Having supervised the work of Dr Jonathan Burgess, he assisted in the development of a new sustainable bio-plastic and plywood composite material used in a prototype vehicle powered with a hydrogen fuel cell. He is currently supervising a number of PhD students in the area of materials and architectural design.

Design education and the value of cross disciplinary working are some of Christian’s passions, as his has developed a number of new design courses with a practice based student centred curriculum. He embraces the Maker Culture community which is at the very heart of the Arts University Bournemouth.

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Woody Yao
Since joining Zaha Hadid Architects in 1994 as the Associate Director ZHA – Director ZHD, Woody Yao has successfully managed and designed a number of key projects. Before being a part of ZHA, Woody studied in Hong Kong and Merchiston Castle, Edinburgh, then graduated from the Architectural Association School of Architecture, in London. During his time at the AA, Woody completed a number of private commissions, and contributed to large-scale projects with YRM London.

During his time at ZHA, Woody has curated major exhibitions including Zaha Hadid Retrospective at MAK (Vienna), Guggenheim Museum (New York), Design Museum (London) and the State Hermitage Museum (St Petersburg). He also has considerable experience in interiors and product design and he is Director, along with Maha Kutay, of Zaha Hadid Design. As a senior member, he continues to direct his team from competition to construction.

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Zaha Hadid, founder of Zaha Hadid Architects, was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004 and is internationally known for her built, theoretical and academic work. Each of her projects expands upon over thirty years of exploration and research in the interrelated fields of urbanism, architecture and design.

Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid Architects is a British international architecture and design firm founded by Zaha Hadid, with its main office situated in London. They work at all scales and in all sectors, creating transformative cultural, corporate, residential and other spaces that work in synchronicity with their surroundings.

950 projects. 44 countries. 400 staff. 55 nations.

Projects have included

  • Vitra Fire Station (1994), Weil am Rhein, Germany
  • Hoenheim-North Terminus & Car Park (2001), Hoenheim, France. Project architect: Stephane Hof
  • Bergisel Ski Jump (2002), Innsbruck, Austria
  • Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art (2003), Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
  • BMW Central Building (2005), Leipzig, Germany
  • Ordrupgaard annexe (2005), Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Phaeno Science Center (2005), Wolfsburg, Germany
  • Maggie’s Centres at the Victoria Hospital (2006), Kirkcaldy, Scotland
  • Tondonia Winery Pavilion (2001–2006), Haro, Spain
  • Eleftheria square redesign (2007), Nicosia, Cyprus
  • Hungerburgbahn new stations (2007), Innsbruck, Austria
  • Chanel Mobile Art Pavilion (Worldwide), Tokyo, Hong Kong, New York City, London, Paris, Moscow, (2006–2008)
  • Bridge Pavilion (2008), Zaragoza, Spain
  • S. Bach Pavilion, Manchester International Festival (2009), Manchester, UK
  • CMA CGM Tower (2007–2010), Marseille, France
  • Pierres vives (2002–2012), Montpellier, France. Project architect: Stephane Hof
  • MAXXI – National Museum of the 21st Century Arts (1998–2010), Rome, Italy. Stirling Prize 2010 winner.
  • Guangzhou Opera House (2010), Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China
  • Riverside Museum (2011), a development of Glasgow Transport Museum, Scotland
  • Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre (2007-2012), Baku, Azerbaijan.
  • Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, (2008–12)
  • London Aquatics Centre, London, UK, (2012), a 17,500-seat venue for the 2012 Summer Olympics
  • Dongdaemun Design Plaza & Park (2008–2014), Seoul, South Korea

Zaha Hadid Biography (1950 – 2016)

Born in Baghdad, Iraq in 1950, Hadid studied mathematics at the American University of Beirut before moving to London in 1972 to attend the Architectural Association (AA) School where she was awarded the Diploma Prize in 1977. Hadid founded Zaha Hadid Architects (first called Office of Zaha Hadid) in 1979 and completed her first building, the Vitra Fire Station (Germany) in 1993.

Hadid taught at the AA School until 1987 and had since held numerous chairs and guest professorships at universities around the world including Columbia, Harvard, Yale and the University of Applied Arts in Vienna.

Working with senior office partner, Patrick Schumacher (now Principal), Hadid’s interest laid in the rigorous interface between architecture, urbanism, landscape and geology as her practice integrates natural topography and human-made systems, leading to innovation with new technologies.

The MAXXI: Italian National Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome, the London Aquatics Centre for the 2012 Olympic Games and the Heydar Aliyev Centre in Baku are built manifestos of Hadid’s quest for complex, fluid space. Previous seminal buildings such as the Guangzhou Opera House and Contemporary Arts Centre in Cincinnati have also been hailed as architecture that transforms our ideas of the future with visionary spatial concepts defined by advanced design, material and construction processes.

The practice recently completed the Oxford University’s Middle East Centre at St Antony’s College and is currently working on a diversity of projects worldwide including the new Beijing Airport Terminal Building in Daxing, China; the Sleuk Rith Institute in Phnom Penh, Combodia; and 520 West 28th Street in New York. Zaha Hadid Architects’ portfolio also includes cultural, corporate, academic, sporting and infrastructure projects across Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas, in addition to national institutions such as the Central Bank of Iraq and the Grand Theatre de Rabat.

Zaha Hadid’s work of the past 30 years was the subject of critically-acclaimed exhibitions at New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (2006), London’s Design Museum (2007), the Palazzo della Ragione, Padua, Italy (2009), the Philadelphia Museum of Art (2011), the DAC Copenhagen (2013) and the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg (2015). Her recently completed projects include the Messner Mountain Museum Corones (2015), Oxford University’s Middle East Centre (2015), Sky SOHO in Shanghai (2014), Innovation Tower at Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2014), Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul (2014), Heydar Aliyev Centre in Baku (2013), Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London (2013), Library & Learning Centre in Vienna (2013), Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum in Michigan (2012), Galaxy SOHO in Beijing (2012), Pierresvives Library and Archive in Montpellier (2012), CMA CGM Head Office Tower in Marseille (2011), London Aquatics Centre (2011), Riverside Museum in Glasgow (2011), Guangzhou Opera House (2010), Sheikh Zayed Bridge in Abu Dhabi (2010) and the MAXXI Museum in Rome (2010).

Hadid’s outstanding contribution to the architectural profession continues to be acknowledged by the world’s most respected institutions including the Forbes List of the ‘World’s Most Powerful Women’ and the Japan Art Association presenting her with the ‘Praemium Imperiale’. In 2010 and 2011, her designs were awarded the Stirling Prize, one of architecture’s highest accolades, by the Royal Institute of British Architects. Other awards include UNESCO naming Hadid as an ‘Artist for Peace’, the Republic of France honouring Hadid with the ‘Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres’ and TIME magazine included her in their list of the ‘100 Most Influential People in the World’. In 2012, Zaha Hadid was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II, and in February 2016, she received the Royal Gold Metal.

Masters in Architecture, AUB Students and Zaha Hadid Architects

Making Ariadne’s House’. Sensing: Building and Body

The AUB Masters in Architecture have been working with Zaha Hadid Architects and Moving Architecture on a research project that records and interprets information on the body in space. The project will work on both the digital and analogue aspects of representation. ZHA are undertaking research understanding how sensors in buildings, as part of the Internet of Things (IoT) can inform the design and changing nature of buildings. The ZHA Sensors examine a multitude of issues from temperature and humidity, to movement, and provide data that can be examined and interpreted.

Uli Blum and Philipp Seidler have been leading the work in the ZHA office that is being undertaken with and as part of the upcoming Zaha Hadid Architects exhibition at the AUB Gallery, a group of M.Arch students are developing a part of the research that uses movement sensors to record and interpret body activity. Heat maps and models are being created from data and this information will be analysed and interpreted into the exhibition and represented into drawings, models and movement performances.

This research work with ZHA by the M.Arch students builds towards the installation Ariadne’s House – drawing, architecture & choreography that is to be part of the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. AUB M.Arch Course Leader, Ed Frith and Architect of the practice, Moving Architecture is coordinating the project. AUB Visiting Professor of Drawing Sian Bowen is leading a number of workshops that contribute to the making of the House which has also included, Dr Willem de Bruijn weaving threads of Titian’s painting Daedalus and Ariadne into the project and Choreographer and Movement director, Caroline Salem in relation to the ZHA sensor’s tracking and mapping of a labyrinth.

The work is raising some fascinating questions: How are we affected by knowing where and how we have moved? Is Ariadne the architect or Daedalus? How to draw a body’s movements? Which comes first the body or the building? What are the ethics of recording a person’s movements? Who is in control?

ZHA: Uli Blum, Philipp Seidler

AUB M.Arch: Mitchell Reeves, Paul Richardson, Ryan Snook, James Thomas, David Wilkinson

Moving Architecture: Ed Frith, Caroline Salem

Arts University Bournemouth and Dame Zaha Hadid

AUB Drawing Studio opened by Dame Zaha Hadid in 2016

Arts University Bournemouth opened our CRAB Drawing Studio on 3 March 2016.  Designed by Professor Sir Peter Cook, RA,it is the first of its kind to be built in the UK for 100 years.

The Drawing Studio was officially opened by special guest, the world famous Dame Zaha Hadid who closed her speech with “I simply love this building.”

This was her last formal engagement before she sadly passed away in April 2016.

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