Discussion: Zaha Hadid Beyond Boundaries, Art and Design

lecture date:
2012, September 4th

lecture title:
Zaha Hadid Beyond Boundaries, Art and Design

discussion by:
Zaha Hadid, Norman Foster, Patrik Schumacher, 

Within the context of the exhibition 'Zaha Hadid Beyond Boundaries, Art and Design', Ivorypress held on 4 September 2012 a panel discussion which featured speakers Zaha Hadid, architect and founder of Zaha Hadid Architects; Patrik Schumacher, architect and partner of Zaha Hadid Architects; Kenny Schachter, curator of the exhibition; Norman Foster, architect and founder of Foster + Partners; Luis Fernández Galiano, architect and professor at ETSAM, and Elena Ochoa Foster, founder and CEO of Ivorypress.

The discussion centred around the personal and unorthodox world-view of the London-based Iraqi architect. Hadid is interested in contact points between architecture, landscape and geology and her work incorporates both the natural topography and the systems created by humans. The resulting creations transform our vision of the future with new spatial concepts and bold, visionary forms.

AA Files - Ben van Berkel Diploma Project

AA Files (issuu.com)

1986/87 AA Honours: Ben van Berkel's project in Zaha Hadid's studio.

Zorlu Center

photographed by Aras Burak © 2014

İstanbul, Turkey






2014 - 


Emre Arolat / EAA

Murat Tabanlioglu, Melkan Gursel Tabanlioglu / Tabanlioglu

Residences, Shopping Mall and Office building in Zincirlikuyu district of Istanbul. An international design competition with invite was organised in 2008 with the pairing of best local firms with well known architecture practices all around the world.

Henry Cobb

Founder of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners


Anyone Corporation

December 1990 as a not-for-profit, 501 (c3) corporation in the State of New York, USA.
Purpose: To advance the knowledge and understanding of architecture and its relationships to the general culture through international conferences, public seminars, and publications that erode boundaries between disciplines and cultures.
Anyone Corporation is the publisher of ANY (Architecture New York) magazine (1993-2000), ANY books (1991-2000), and Log (2003-Present), and co-publisher of the Writing Architecture series (1995-Present) with MIT Press.

"Parametricism and Pied Piperism"

Log - Winter 2011
Parametricism and Pied Piperism (external link: PDF from E. O. Moss website)


Gordon Bunshaft


Reinhold Martin

Associate Professor of Architecture in the GSAPP

born 1964


  • Architecture and Organisation, 1956 
  • The Organisational Complex, MIT Press, 2003

The Importance of the Archive

June 13th, 2014

The Importance of the Archive by archdaily.com via youtube.com

Michal Rovner

'Current Toledo' - An installation by Michal Rovner for 'Toledo Contemporánea'

Mike Kelley


"Coda to a Career"

Architect Magazine (AIA), article by Christopher Hawthorne
Architect Magazine - Coda to a Career: Eisenman's City of Culture
photographed by Miguel de Guzman

Interview with Saffet Bekiroğlu

Interview in Turkish, done in front of the new building of Zaha Hadid in Azerbaijan by Ceyhun Baskin.

video link to kolokyum.com (requires free membership to stream the video)


Reading Office is a group of architects, academics trying to read the most significant and interesting moments in the world of architecture mostly focussing on the last century.

There has been a mind blowing speed in comparison to the amount of production expected from the designers beginning the 2000's. The ones able to adapt to this pace survived. There is a world of ideas, theory and body of work that made especially the 40's born architects very interesting. Those designers had their roots and influenced another generation who became the pioneers of the profession today.

So many blogs, so many portals.. So many cool photos, so many cool animations, renderings.. The speed of the consumption for the architectural production can be measured within seconds. This is something us designers, architects need to adapt to. However, we can still try to open up a slow-paced area for thinking that can fund itself by its products - magazine, book, television and radio on the side that will remind us there was a dept once to this profession. We want to find, remind you and ourselves the relevant, strong and still valid ideas that were almost forgotten - left at the darkness of the bookshelves.

We understand the demand and we respect the way things have to run make a living out of architecture and design but we also believe the quality of the production we are doing can be improved. To broaden our vision, to widen our audience and break the boundaries of the "architecture world", we need to look at other social fields, design professionals and even unrelated looking products, systems, events and people. Reading Office with its books, magazine, television, radio and hopefully physical locations around the world one day will be the organisation we have formed to spend time and energy to do this in an honest way possible.

Check the latest entries we have at Reading Office, enjoy!

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

born 1886, March 27th
died 1969, August 19th at age 83

Brett Steele

director of the AA School of Architecture 

(2009 - )


The AA is the UK’s oldest and only private school of architecture, and has for decades been recognized as an influential world-wide leader in architectural education. AA School graduates are the recipients of numerous prizes including Pritzker Prizes, RIBA Gold Medal & Stirling Awards, AIA and other design awards. The AA School is the world’s most international school of architecture, with full-time students joining the AA from more than fifty home countries each year. Brett also directs the AA Public Programmes, which each year organizes one of the world’s largest public programmes dedicated to contemporary architectural culture, presented at the AA and other venues and including dozens of visiting architects, artists, exhibitions, symposia and other events open to a public audience as well as 3,000 AA members world-wide.

Kenneth Frampton

Neil Denari

Achim Menges

Michael Ulrich Hensel

Michael Weinstock

founder and director of AA EmTech

Cedric Price

Cécile Brisac

co-founder Brisac Gonzalez Architects


Museum of World Culture, Gothenburg 2004
Pajol Sports Centre, Paris 2011

Edgar Gonzalez

co-founder Brisac Gonzalez Architects



Museum of World Culture, Gothenburg 2004
Pajol Sports Centre, Paris 2011

Cooper Union

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, commonly referred to simply as Cooper Union, is a privately funded college located in Cooper Square in the East Village neighbourhood of Manhattan, New York City. Inspired in 1830 when Peter Cooper learned about the government-supported École Polytechnique, Cooper Union was established in 1859. The school was built on a radical new model of American higher education based on founderPeter Cooper's fundamental belief that an education "equal to the best technology schools [then] established" should be accessible to those who qualify, independent of their race, religion, sex, wealth or social status, and should be "open and free to all". The Cooper Union previously granted each admitted student a full-tuition scholarship; as of April 23, 2013, due to financial concerns, that policy has been eliminated beginning with the class entering in the Fall of 2014.

The college is divided into three schools: the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, the School of Art, and the Albert Nerken School of Engineering. It offers undergraduate and master's degree programs exclusively in the fields of architecture, fine arts, and engineering. It is a member of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD). Cooper is considered to be one of the most prestigious colleges in the United States, with all three of its member schools consistently ranked among the highest in the country. Dr. Jamshed Bharucha has succeeded George Campbell Jr. as the college's twelfth president.

Cooper Union was one of very few American institutions of higher learning to offer a full-tuition scholarship – valued at approximately $150,000 as of 2012 – to every admitted student. Cooper Union has historically been one of the most selective colleges in the United States, with an acceptance rate typically below 10%. Both the art and architecture schools have acceptance rates below 5%. Cooper Union experienced a 20% increase in applications for the 2008–2009 academic year, further lowering the acceptance rate. The school also experienced a 70% increase in early decision applications for the 2009–2010 academic year. As a result of its record low acceptance ratio for the fall-2010 incoming class, Cooper Union was named by Newsweek as the "#1 Most Desirable Small School" and "#7 Most Desirable School" overall.

Dan Brunn

founder of Dan Brunn Architecture
born 1978, Tel Aviv


Guvenc Ozel

Onur Suraka Ozkaya

Mehmet Konuralp

Beom Kwan Kim

Architect with industrial design background, Kwan graduated from AA Diploma School with an honour degree. Worked at Richard Rogers Partnership, London before attending the diploma school. Kwan became famous within the AA with his extraordinary model making skills and incredible pace for production.

His graduation project was a proposition of an industrial grid spreading all over the city of Shenzen. He was part of Eugene Han's Diploma 8 - Corporate Domain unit at the Architectural Association School of Architecture. 

Bilge Kaan Boluk

Sylvia Lavin

Denise Scott Brown

Robert Venturi

Team 4

Norman Foster

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill


Peter Cook

Charles Jencks

Coop Himmelb(L)au

Coop Himmelb(l)au (est. 1968) is a cooperative architectural design firm primarily located in Vienna, Austria and which now also maintains offices in Los Angeles, United States and Guadalajara, Mexico.

In German, coop has a similar meaning to the English "co-op". In German Himmel means sky or heaven, and blau means "blue" while bau means "building" or "to build/construct". So, the name can be interpreted as "Blue Sky Cooperative" or "Heaven Building/Construction Cooperative"

Coop Himmelblau was founded by Wolf Prix, Helmut Swiczinsky and Michael Holzer and gained international acclaim alongside Peter Eisenman, Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry with the 1988 exhibition, "Deconstructivist Architecture" at the Museum of Modern Art. Their work ranges from commercial buildings to residential projects.

The office has been trying to change the usual design paradigm since its foundation. The office tries to develop a radical design truth a realistic approach. Their Ideal is to work with complex shapes coming out of a complex process in which the architects mix different mediums such as models, 3-d modeling, parametric tools, sketches and drawings in order to create an unexpected design. The philosophy of the office can be summarised with their 1980s manifesto "Architecture must burn":"We want architecture that has more to offer. Architecture that bleeds, exhausts, that turns and even breaks, as far as I am concerned. Architecture that glows, that stabs, that tears and rips when stretched. Architecture must be precipitous, fiery, smooth, hard, angular, brutal, round, tender, colourful, obscene, randy, dreamy, en-nearing, distancing, wet, dry and heart-stopping. Dead or alive. If it is cold, then cold as a block of ice. If it is hot, then as hot as a tongue of flame. Architecture must burn!"

Wolf Prix

ETH Zurich

Columbia University

Richard Rogers

Steven Holl

Peter Eisenman

born 1932

books by Eisenman:

Peter Ferretto

Greg Lynn

Greg Lynn


Emre Arolat Architects

Emre Arolat Architects


Frank Owen Gehry

Netherlands Architecture Institute


Francis Heuben

Francis Heuben

Architectural Association

Director: Brett Steele

Southern California Institute of Architecture

Eric Owen Moss

Eric Owen Moss (b. 1943)

Diller + Scofidio, Renfro

Diller + Scofidio, Renfro

Daniel Libeskind

born 1946, May 12th
Studio Daniel Libeskind

Bernard Tschumi

Bernard Tschumi (born January 25, 1944)

Alison Smithson & Peter Smithson

Alison Smithson, Peter Smithson (22 June 1928 – 16 August 1993), (18 September 1923 – 3 March 2003)

Aldo Rossi

born 1931, May 3
died 1997 September 4th at age 66

Rossi was born in Milan, Italy. In 1949 he started studying architecture at the Politecnico di Milano where he graduated in 1959. Already in 1955 he started writing for the Casabella magazine, where he became editor between 1959–1964.

Aldo Rossi died in a car accident in September 1997 in Milan.

His earliest works of the 1960s were mostly theoretical and displayed a simultaneous influence of 1920s Italian modernism (see Giuseppe Terragni), classicist influences of Viennese architect Adolf Loos, and the reflections of the painter Giorgio de Chirico. A trip to the Soviet Union to study Stalinist architecture also left a marked impression.

In his writings Rossi criticized the lack of understanding of the city in current architectural practice. He argued that a city must be studied and valued as something constructed over time; of particular interest are urban artifacts that withstand the passage of time. Rossi held that the city remembers its past (our "collective memory"), and that we use that memory through monuments; that is, monuments give structure to the city.

He became extremely influential in the late 1970s and 1980s as his body of built work expanded and for his theories promoted in his books The Architecture of the City (L'architettura della città, 1966) and A Scientific Autobiography (Autobiografia scientifica, 1981).

In the 1980s Rossi designed stainless steel cafetières and other products for Alessi, Pirelli, and others.

Sam Jacob

Fashion Architecture Taste


Rem Koolhaas discusses CCTV Headquarters

November 7th, 2013
Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago

"Rem Koolhaas discusses CCTV Headquarters, the Best Tall Building Worldwide and Asia & Australasia Winner. Rem discusses his views on architecture and the issues with adapting to change while addressing the distinctive shape of the CCTV Headquarters and the benefits of it."

Office for Metropolitan Architecture


London, 1975

current headquarters: 
Rotterdam, Netherlands

Rotterdam, New York, Hong Kong

Rem Koolhaas, Ellen van Loon, Reinier de Graaf, Shohei Shigematsu, Iyad Alsaka, David Gianotten

Architects / Associates:
Clément Blanchet-Arnault

Past Partners: 
Elia Zenghelis, Zaha Hadid, Dan Wood, Floris Alkemade, Ole Scheeren, Joshua Prince-Ramus

Past Architects / Associates: 
Bjarke Ingels, Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Farshid Moussavi, Fernando Donis, Barend Koolhaas, Marc Paulin, Beth Hughes, Selva Gurdogan, Gregers Tang Thomsen

De Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Rem Koolhaas

founder of Office for Metropolitan Architecture

teaches at Harvard University Graduate School of Design

born 1944, November 17th
Remment Lucas Koolhaas

writings about Rem Koolhaas:

"Chasing Rem" archdaily.com 11 June 2014

videos about Rem Koolhaas:

Rem Koolhaas at Work youtube.com 11 June 2014

Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid

founder of Zaha Hadid Architects

previously taught at Architectural Association School of Architecture
previously taught at TU Wien

Patrik Schumacher

director at AA Design Research Lab

Partner at Zaha Hadid Architects


Patrik Schumacher is in a blessed position within the world of architecture that not many architects can ever imagine to be. He stands right in between the academia and the architectural practice both almost equally. Being the principle for one of the most popular architecture practices in the world, he is able to lead his architectural research and test them in his buildings together with Zaha Hadid's partnership.

Zaha Hadid has a personal way of approaching architecture which makes it even more interesting while Patrik talks about their work almost as a result of scientific research. At the same time, Hadid's office has been developing into a corporate scale in the last decade. Within that growth, for Reading Office, we would like to understand how they keep a balance between the artistic approach that can not be argued and discussed within a team easily while being a practice promising a high quality architectural product that could finance a corporate office structure requiring business knowledge.

Clearly Zaha Hadid's practice is pushing the limits in construction industry while trying to hold onto a theoretical discipline.

Saffet Kaya Bekiroglu

Associate at Zaha Hadid Architects



  • Kartal Masterplan (Zaha Hadid Architects)

Mohsen Mostafavi

dean of Harvard Graduate School of Design

previously was dean of Cornell University Department of Architecture
previously directed Architectural Association School of Architecture 

Monia de Marchi


currently first year studio master at Architectural Association
previously unit master at AA Diploma 9

Teoman Necdet Ayas

Architect at Zaha Hadid Architects

Yale School of Architecture

Master of Architecture

Parsons School of Design

BFA in Architectural Design

previously worked at Skidmore Owings Merrill, New York
previously worked at UN Studio, Amsterdam

Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large


Rem Koolhaas, Bruce Mau

Monacelli Press

Publication date:


Inanc Eray

founder of IEA

Foreign Office Architects

Shohei Shigematsu

Shohei Shigematsu joined OMA in 1998 and became a partner in 2008. He has led the OMA office in New York since 2006 and is responsible for OMA's operations in North America. Under his direction, the New York office has overseen the completion of Milstein Hall at Cornell University as well as the construction of the Quebec National Beaux Arts museum and the Faena Arts Center in Miami Beach. Sho has also led numerous direct collaborations with artists, including a pavilion in Cannes housing a seven screen system designed in collaboration with Kanye West, the Marina Abramovic Institute for the Preservation of Performance Art in upstate New York, and a studio renovation for artist Cai Guo Qiang in New York. Most recently, Sho led the winning competition designs for residential towers in Coconut Grove, the Miami Beach Convention Center, a mixed use project in Los Angeles, a tower in Sao Paulo and a new civic center masterplan in Bogota, Colombia. Shigematsu is a Design Critic for Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Alejandro Zaera-Polo

born 1963 October 17th

founder of Foreign Office Architects (1993-2011)

Yokohama Port Terminal
Yokohama, Japan
Meydan Shopping Mall
Istanbul, Turkey

Farshid Moussavi

born 1965

co-founder of Foreign Office Architects (1993-2011)

Yokohama Port Terminal
Yokohama, Japan
Meydan Shopping Mall
Istanbul, Turkey

Amale Andraos

Received her B.Arch from McGill University in Montreal and her M.Arch from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She is a full-time Assistant Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and has taught at numerous institutions including Princeton, Harvard and Columbia Universities, the University of Pennsylvania, the Parsons school of design, NY Institute of Technology and the American University in Beirut.

Andraos was born in Beirut, Lebanon. She has lived in Saudi Arabia, France, Canada and the Netherlands prior to moving to New York in 2002. Andraos serves on the Board of Directors of the Architectural League of New York.

Bjarke Ingels

born 1974, October 2nd

Ole Scheeren

born 1971

founder of Buro Ole Scheeren
ex-partner at Office for Metropolitan Architecture

Dan Wood

Received his BA at the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters degree from Columbia University. Wood has taught at Princeton, the Cooper Union, Columbia University, Ohio State University and the Berkeley School of Environmental Design, as the Friedman Distinguished Chair. He holds the 2013-14 Louis I. Kahn Chair at the Yale School of Architecture.

Wood is originally from Rhode Island and lived in Paris and for many years in the Netherlands before moving to New York in 2002. He is a licensed architect in the State of New York.

Fernando Donis

Fernando Donis was a senior associate in OMA. He was part of the design team for the early stages of CCTV in Beijing with Shohei Shigematsu. In 2008, Donis led the teams designing the Renaissance Tower in Dubai, Porsche Towers and Kuwait Masterplan.