Zaha Hadid Architects’ name ‘will change’, court papers confirm

Zaha Hadid

Documents reveal warring executors agreed to rebrand practice - but disagree on motive

The feuding executors of Zaha Hadid’s estate have agreed that the late architect’s eponymous practice should stop using her name – but court papers reveal contradictory reasons for the move.

High Court documents seen by BD show Hadid’s longstanding collaborator and ZHA principal Patrik Schumacher accepts that he consented to drop the name “Zaha Hadid” from the practice at the request of his three fellow executors – artist Brian Clarke, Lord Palumbo and Rana Hadid, Hadid’s niece.

But while they claim the move was to enable him to practice under his own name and to correspond with the end of royalty payments connected with the Zaha Hadid name, Schumacher alleges he only agreed to change the practice name to help the administration of the estate.

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