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Friday01 August 2014

Zaha Hadid named Business Woman of the Year

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Award is handed out by champagne brand Veuve Clicquot

Zaha Hadid has been named the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year.

Hadid was recognised for her design work, including the aquatics centre in London, and for philanthropic work.

She said: “It’s hard to believe, but it’s still difficult for women to break the business barrier. Through perseverance and hard work, I’ve been able to do so, but it’s been a long struggle.

“When I started my career in architecture it was very much a male dominated industry, but in recent years I’ve seen a growing number of talented female architects join the profession and succeed.

“This award shines a light on our achievements; and I hope it encourages more women to continue with the profession.”

The Veuve Clicquot New Generation award was won by Kathryn Parsons, founder of tech firm Decoded.

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  • Lucy Mori

    I think it's fantastic news that Zaha Hadid has won this prestigious award - the news has been reported in much of the press - and raises the profile of women architects significantly, both within and outside the architectural profession.

    The only (little) downside, is that it's Zaha again ... I know there are other women being celebrated by the Jane Drew Prize (Eva Jiricna) and the AJ (Alison Brooks) this year, but in the wider world, Zaha remains the only visible example of a woman architect. And she is exceptional in many ways.

    One exception must be the size of her business.

    The Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year award, limits eligibility to growing businesses with a turnover of over £3 Million.

    Not many architects, including men architects, run a business this big. According to the AJ100 data, only about 80 practices earn more than £3 Million. With Norman Foster being the only architect to make the Sunday Times Rich List, the other story is why are so few architects able to grow large successful businesses?

    With increased polarisation between large and small practices, the challenge for all architects is how to build sustainable businesses which contribute to the economy. For women inspired by Zaha's success, there is perhaps an opportunity to take the lead.

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  • Munter Roe

    If all else fails, create your own awards.

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  • @Lucy: what is the point of all this "success" if your work is crap?

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