Iraqi-born Zaha Hadid is one of the greatest living architects, and the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize.
Inspired by the fluid geometry of water in motion, Zaha Hadid's London Aquatic Centre is considered the "most majestic" Olympic space.
Hadid won the RIBA's Stirling Prize two years running, the second time for the Evelyn Grace Academy in Brixton, South London. According to the Financial Times, "a number of the students, particularly the girls, have already expressed an interest in becoming architects."
Hadid has also designed furniture, door handles, vases and these plastic shoes for Brazilian label Melissa.
Hadid's unusual skirted tower on the Marseilles coast.
"I am very difficult," Hadid tells Leading Women. "I mean, I'm very generous with many people. Some people think I'm too generous. But I'm not consistent. I'm not always cold; I'm not always friendly."