If you have loaded up Google this morning, you will have noticed a cartoon of Dame Zaha Hadid, who .
Hadid is honoured on the main page of the search engine's site today because it has been 13 years since she became the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize which, in architecture terms, is often deemed equivalent to a Nobel prize.
Following her death from a heart attack in 2016, the architect was often described as a "force to be reckoned with" or "larger than life" thanks to her flamboyant personality. Here's all you need to know about one of the most celebrated female architects of all time.
Hadid was born in Baghdad, Iraq, in 1950 and later attended boarding schools in the UK and Switzerland. She studied mathematics in Beirut before moving to London to study at architecture school.
Her ambition was evident in her student days and she told the "" in 2011: "As a student you have to have some sort of aim. You can't just wobble about. You have to have a focus. As a student, I did not know what would be at the end of the road. I knew there would be something and that all the experiments had to lead to perfecting the project. That was my ambition: To make it work."
She opened her own firm in London in 1980 which currently has 950 projects across 44 countries, according to their . Hadid also taught at university classes in Harvard, Cambridge, and Chicago and was made a dame in 2012.
Hadid is renowned for building some of the most innovative and unique buildings in the world. Often dubbed the "Queen of the Curve," her buildings – despite their individuality – were often distinguished by their curved shape.
Most famously, she designed the aquatics centre for the 2012 London Olympics but she was also commissioned to design projects around the world. She is responsible for the $200 million Guangzhou Opera House in China, the MAXXI museum in Rome which reportedly took 10 years to build, the Opus Tower in Dubai, and the Centre for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Undoubtedly, Hadid – a Muslim, Iraqi-born woman - shone in a field dominated by white men. She has described feeling like an outsider in the industry but affirmed that she quite liked being "on the edge" of the establishment.
Despite her success, she continued to call for greater representation of women in the field, particularly in the UK, saying she experienced more equality in the rest of Europe.
"There is a different dynamic," she told "" in 2013. "In the UK, it is more difficult. They are very conservative. There is a skepticism and more misogynist behavior here."
She suggested that in the architecture world women were mostly relegated to "interiors" rather than being awarded the impressive skyscraper-style projects which mostly ended up in the hands of men.
"People used to think women did not have enough logic," she said. "Well, that is absolute nonsense. I don't know the ego of a man, or how their mentality works, but there is no difference at all in capability, not formally in terms of the buildings at least."