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Building Zaha: The Story of Architect Zaha Hadid



written and illustrated by
Victoria Tentler-Krylov

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Scholastic
Imprint
Orchard Books
ISBN
9781338282832
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An inspiring picture book biography about British Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, who was a pioneer in her field against all odds, told by debut author-illustrator Victoria Tentler-Krylov.

The city of Baghdad was full of thinkers, artists, and scientists, the littlest among them Zaha Hadid. Zaha knew from a young age that she wanted to be an architect. She set goals for herself and followed them against all odds. A woman in a man's world, and a person of color in a white field, Zaha was met with resistance at every turn. When critics called her a diva and claimed her ideas were unbuildable, she didn't let their judgments stop her from setting goals and achieving them one by one, finding innovative ways to build projects that became famous the world over. She persisted, she followed her dreams, and she succeeded.Author’s note, with archival photographs. Full-color illustrations created with watercolor and Adobe Photoshop.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Discrimination: Sexism

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

48

Trim Size

9 3/10" x 10 4/5"

Dewey

B

AR

5.3: points 0.5

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Mar 2021

Book Genres

Autobiography/Biography, Picture Book

Topics

Zaha Mohammad Hadid (1950–2016). Baghdad, Iraq. London, England. Architecture and architects. Ideas and inspiration. Art and artists. Innovation. Women.

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Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

With fittingly bold, whimsical, flowing illustrations, this picture-book biography showcases Iraqi British architect Zaha Hadid, who “dreamed big and defied convention.” Born in Baghdad in 1950, Hadid was an active, observant child, noticing the shifting “light and shadow play” in local palaces and mosques, and the “rippling harmony” between people and their environment in the Iraqi marshes—keen observations that would later inform her work. After studying math in Beirut, Hadid moved to London: “It was time to get serious about studying architecture.” The daring young professional, who “reached for paints and brushes and conjured structures that tilted, swayed, and floated on air,” was hired by two of her professors after graduation, and also entered design competitions. Tentler-Krylov describes Hadid’s confident persistence in the face of criticism (“she had to be tougher than most”) and tracks her burgeoning career with vivid details (her fire station in Germany resembled “a bird taking flight”). Rendered with watercolor and digital tools, the illustrations exude energy and power. This stirring tribute to the “first woman, first Iraqi, first Muslim, and youngest person ever” to win the Pritzker Prize, architecture’s highest award, includes an author’s note, a timeline, a bibliography, and endpapers featuring photos of Hadid’s most famous structures. Pair with Jeanette Winter’s picture-book biography of Hadid, The World Is Not a Rectangle (rev. 9/17). TANYA D. AUGER

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

With fittingly bold, whimsical, flowing illustrations, this picture-book biography showcases Iraqi British architect Zaha Hadid, who “dreamed big and defied convention.” Born in Baghdad in 1950, Hadid was an active, observant child, noticing the shifting “light and shadow play” in local palaces and mosques, and the “rippling harmony” between people and their environment in the Iraqi marshes—keen observations that would later inform her work. After studying math in Beirut, Hadid moved to London: “It was time to get serious about studying architecture.” The daring young professional, who “reached for paints and brushes and conjured structures that tilted, swayed, and floated on air,” was hired by two of her professors after graduation, and also entered design competitions. Tentler-Krylov describes Hadid’s confident persistence in the face of criticism (“she had to be tougher than most”) and tracks her burgeoning career with vivid details (her fire station in Germany resembled “a bird taking flight”). Rendered with watercolor and digital tools, the illustrations exude energy and power. This stirring tribute to the “first woman, first Iraqi, first Muslim, and youngest person ever” to win the Pritzker Prize, architecture’s highest award, includes an author’s note, a timeline, a bibliography, and endpapers featuring photos of Hadid’s most famous structures. Pair with Jeanette Winter’s picture-book biography of Hadid, The World Is Not a Rectangle (rev. 9/17). TANYA D. AUGER

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