Known for its avant-garde designs, this London firm of architects was founded in 1980 by Zaha Hadid. In 1994 she became the first woman to win the Pritzker prize for architecture, and in 2006 she was given her own retrospective at New York’s Guggenheim Museum. The company’s projects have included the Serpentine Pavilion Gallery and the Mind Zone at the Millennium Dome, and it is now designing the aquatic centre for the London 2012 Olympic Games. In 2000 the company appointed the renowned architect Patrik Schumacher as a partner, and it has recently won big commissions in the Middle East, one of them to design a performing arts centre in Abu Dhabi. Sales grew 67% a year from £5.6m in 2005 to £26.2m in 2008.
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