10 Essential Female Architects

This week, Iraqi-born British architect Zaha Hadid, the first woman and woman Muslim to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize, died.

“She was not just a rock star and a designer of spectacles. She also liberated architectural geometry, giving it a whole new expressive identity,” writes the New York Times. “Geometry became, in her hands, a vehicle for unprecedented and eye-popping new spaces but also for emotional ambiguity. Her buildings elevated uncertainty to an art, conveyed in the odd ways one entered and moved through those buildings and in the questions her structures raised about how they were supported.”

The world-renowned designer was an inspiration to women in the field, which suffers from a severe gender imbalance. We’re highlighting the works of past and present female architects you should know.