“You have to really believe not only in yourself, you have to believe that the world is actually worth your sacrifice“ 

In honor of a great architect, who sadly deceased: Zaha Hadid. 

Zaha Hadid was the first ever-Arab women to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize. From her early childhood, Hadid was ambitious about STEM. Zaha majored in Mathematics at the American University of Beirut and later moved to London to attend the Architectural Association School.  Hadid designed major architectural creations around the globe, such as the London Aquatic Centre at the 2012 Olympic games and the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University.

I really admire Hadid because she built her own career, architectural team, and reputation internationally in only ten years! Some people work their whole life without reaching such renown.  Her work is unbelievable, contorting shapes and geometry in such spectacular fashion. She played with building designs, giving them completely new dimensions; Hadid joked that “There are 360 degrees, why should I stick to one?” It seemed the material listened to her, shaping itself under her orders without any resistance or attention to the laws of physics. The confluence of imagination and pure mathematics in her buildings is genius. I have never seen anything similar to them; they catch your attention and make you want to touch the shapes and be part of them.  It is an art in science.  Currently her projects are in the works for Tokyo’s Olympic center for the 2020 games.  

Hadid was and still is an icon to every woman, proof that we can all succeed in what we dedicate ourselves to. I find her passion for her work and buildings deeply moving.  

She literally lived for her goals. Her motivation to work was off the charts. What I find Powers Education and Zaha have in common is, that never-ending tenacity and determination to succeed and make the impossible possible. This kind of mentality, this “Zahadian” mentality, is what Powers Education exemplifies, and this is how success thinks and shapes its way. 

Zaha Hadid died in a Miami hospital from a heart attack on March 31, 2016, but she never left our world; you can still see her reflection dancing on her buildings.  

Image Source: By Knight Foundation derivative work Hic et nunc [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons