Collaboration With Cai Guo-Quiang

Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art Cincinnati, 2003 å© Photography by Roland Halbe

Drawing for the Peak, Hong Kong, 1982 å© Zaha Hadid Architects

Model of Maggie‰Ûªs Centre Fife, Scotland, 2006 å© Zaha Hadid Architects

Painting of Cardiff Bay Opera House 1994 å© Zaha Hadid Architects

Painting for the MAXXI National Centre for Contemporary Arts Rome, 1997 å© Zaha Hadid Architects

Digital render for the Phaeno Science Center, Wolfsburg, 1999 å© Zaha Hadid Architects

Digital render for the Phaeno Science Center, Wolfsburg, 1999 å© Zaha Hadid Architects

Digital render for the Phaeno Science Center, Wolfsburg, 1999 å© Zaha Hadid Architects

Digital render for the Phaeno Science Center, Wolfsburg, 1999 å© Zaha Hadid Architects

Digital render for the Phaeno Science Center, Wolfsburg, 1999 å© Zaha Hadid Architects

68. Zaha Hadid

Principal of Zaha Hadid Architects

If there's a starchitect who is still shining, it's the Baghdad-born, London-based Zaha Hadid, whose firm's profits were up 400% last year. Hadid, 59, who won the Pritz-ker Prize in 2004, has created astonishing projects around the globe--from the BMW Central Building in Germany to the Bridge Pavilion in Zaragoza, Spain. This year, she'll finish the dramatic CMA-CGM Tower, which will be the tallest building in Marseille, France. And she's working on the 17,500-seat Aquatics Center for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, a project that has raised hackles for its cost overruns. Hadid is unrepentant. "In these moments of recession, uplifting the spirit is even more important," she told Britain's Guardian newspaper. "We should learn from things that were done in the past that were done in a hurry." -- by Linda Tischler

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