Will Pritzker tame the dangerous diva?

Zaha Hadid, who won the Pritzker Prize last week, says it may be a seen as a sign she’s mellowed from a wild-child to pillar of the establishment.

The London-based architect, who’s working on New York’s 2012 Olympic bid to rival EDAW’s for Lea Valley, is a notorious firebrand and rebel. But the Iraqi-born designer said winning the Nobel equivalent for architecture might be seen “as a sign I have gone from being a difficult person to part of the establishment. “What was seen 20 years ago as extreme ideas are now actually achievable and possible to implement.” Projects and high controversy have included Cardiff Opera House in the 1990s, which saw her turfed off the job amid allegations of sexism. Her designs blur and blend boundaries between landscape and architecture. Ramps, podiums and sweeps of reinforced concrete rake up to her designs and solve the problems of dead space that often blight the surroundings of buildings of such daring form.

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