Renowned Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid has died at the age of 65 in Miami, after a heart attack. Born and raised in Baghdad, Hadid studied in Beirut and London, where she based the architectural firm that bore her name.

Her modernist, futuristic designs included the aquatic centre for the 2012 London Olympics. She twice won the Stirling Prize for architecture and in 2004 became the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize, known as the "Nobel prize of architecture". IBTimes UK presents some of her most beautiful buildings around the world.

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Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre (2007–12) in Baku, AzerbaijanInterfase
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Jockey Club Innovation Tower (2013), Hong KongSebastian Wallroth
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MAXXI – National Museum of the 21st Century Arts (1998–2010), Rome, Italy (Stirling Prize 2010 winner)Reuters
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Library and Learning Centre of the Vienna University of Economics and Business CampusPeter Haas
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London Aquatics Centre (2011), 2012 Olympics, with its wings which housed seating and have now been removed.BaldBoris
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Evelyn Grace Academy (2006–10) in Brixton, London, UK. Stirling Prize 2011 winnerZaha Hadid Architects
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Sheikh Zayed Bridge (2007–10), Abu Dhabi, United Arab EmiratesMohannad Khatib
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Galaxy SOHO in Beijing, ChinaReuters
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Chanel Mobile Art Pavilion (2006–08), worldwideReuters
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Phaeno Science Centre (2005), Wolfsburg, GermanyRichard Bartz
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Dongdaemun Design Plaza (2008–14), Seoul, South KoreaKen Eckert
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Bridge Pavilion & Third Millennium Bridge Río Ebro (2008), Zaragoza, SpainJuan E De Cristofaro
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Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum (2010–12), East Lansing, Michigan, USDj1997
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Hadid is interviewed for TV at the opening of her Serpentine Sackler Gallery in Hyde Park, LondonGetty Images
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Riverside Museum (2007–11) development of Glasgow Transport Museum, ScotlandGetty Images
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Citylife office tower (Storto) and residentials, Milan, Italy (2014)IThomas91
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Bergisel Ski Jump (2002), Innsbruck, AustriaRalf Roletschek

Her buildings were always talking points, and sometimes controversial. The Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul was compared by detractors to an ugly spaceship that had made an emergency landing. In 2015 the Japanese government revoked her commission to build the stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Like all architects, Hadid sometimes struggled to have her ambitious designs built. She acknowledged that some of her early designs had posed engineering challenges. "I used to like buildings floating," Hadid told the BBC in February 2016. "Now I know that they can't float."

She was also unremittingly blunt and forthright.When she was awarded the Gold Medal by the Royal Institute of British Architects, Peter Cook said in his citation that "in our culture of circumspection and modesty her work is certainly not modest, and she herself is the opposite of modest. Such self-confidence is easily accepted in filmmakers and football managers, but causes some architects to feel uncomfortable," he said. "Maybe they're secretly jealous of her unquestionable talent."

Although Hadid said she felt something of an outsider in British architecture — a woman, a foreigner and an innovator — she was made a dame in 2012.