British architect Zaha Hadid became the first women to scoop a top British architectural prize – the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture, presented annually in recognition of a significant contribution to the profession. Previous winners of the Royal Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) include Frank Gehry, Norman Foster and Frank Lloyd Wright.
“I am very proud to be awarded the Royal Gold Medal, in particular to be the first woman to receive the honour in her own right,” she said in a statement.
“We now see more established female architects all the time. That doesn’t mean it’s easy. Sometimes the challenges are immense,” she said.
“There has been tremendous change over recent years and we will continue this progress. This recognition is an honour for me and my practice, but equally, for all our clients. It is always exciting to collaborate with those who have great civic pride and vision.” she continued.
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