Part of the mission of the Zaha Hadid Foundation is to advance research into Zaha Hadid, her legacy and into modern architecture and design more generally. ZHF will support research through the practices of architecture and design and in ways which contribute to the improvement of the physical and cultural environment. By the end of its first developmental phase, it will support new scholarship through its funding programmes and by making its archive and collections fully available. The Foundation will develop research programmes supporting exhibitions, publications and such activities which bring this research into the public domain. For example, it will promote and disseminate research through its programme of colloquia, conferences and events. ZHF will work in collaboration with other research organisations, including academic, museum and research funding partners, in support of its mission.
ZHF is at an early stage: potential future partners should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for initial exploratory conversations.
In 2023, we funded 10 places for promising A-Level students from diverse backgrounds to access Drawing Matter’s 2023 Architectural Summer School. We also expanded Open City’s 2023/4 Accelerate Programme in London and Birmingham, with a grant that supports its free design, education and mentoring schemes for young people from underrepresented groups.
In addition, we support research projects which advance knowledge of Zaha Hadid and her work, including practice-research. In 2023, for example, we awarded a grant to the Artists’ Commissions Programme at the Contemporary Arts Centre (CAC) in Cincinnati, USA, as part of its major exhibition on Zaha’s legacy. The grant was allocated to Iraqi artist Rand Abdul Jabbar (b. Baghdad, 1990) to support her series of on-site installations inspired by Zaha, Tektōn (after Zaha, after Malevich).