ZHF partners with RIBA on its Family Fun Day
RIBA, Family Fun Day with the Zaha Hadid Foundation, 2024 © Rachel Manns

The Zaha Hadid Foundation partnered with the RIBA’s Learning team to host a fun, creative learning event for families at the Royal Institute of British Architect’s (RIBA) Family Fun Day in April 2024. Attendees could enjoy tours, build with balloons, carve in soap, draw or sing and hear stories about the RIBA’s headquarters at 66 Portland Place. 

We led ‘Going For Gold’, a medal-making workshop, in the grand Florence Hall. Zaha Hadid’s achievements, such as the RIBA Stirling Prize, Pritzker Architecture Prize and RIBA Royal Gold Medal were used to inspire participants.  

Zaha won the RIBA Stirling Prize, twice, in 2010 for MAXXI: Museum of 21st Century Arts, Rome, Italy, and 2011 for Evelyn Grace Academy, London, UK. In 2014, she the first woman to be awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize. She was also the first solo woman to be awarded the Royal Gold Medal for architecture in 2016, RIBA’s highest honour for architects. Zaha’s name is incised in the reception of the building on the historic Royal Gold Medal wall.  

Both adults and children got on board, making medals for a range of achievements big and small, such as running a mini marathon or just being themselves. Not all medals were for the people who made them; recipients of these medals were being awarded for being the best mum, best dad or best friend. 

ZHF works with all ages and communities. We endeavor to diversify and widen access to the architectural profession and encourage the public to learn more about the built environment.