World Is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid, The

Jeanette Winter
Get to know Zaha Hadid in this nonfiction picture book about the famed architect’s life and her triumph over adversity from celebrated author-illustrator Jeanette Winter.Zaha Hadid grew up in Baghdad, Iraq, and dreamed of designing her own cities. After studying architecture in London, she opened her own studio and started designing buildings. But as a Muslim woman, Hadid faced many obstacles. Determined to succeed, she worked hard for many years, and achieved her goals—and now you can see the buildings Hadid has designed all over the world.


Reviewed: 2020-12-01

Do buildings have to be rectangles? Zaha Hadid, a British-Iraqi architect, would answer no. As the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004 (among other prizes), she took her inspiration from the world around her and never believed impossible was actually impossible. World is Not a Rectangle by Jeanette Winter contains breathtaking illustrations showing Zaha Hadid’s world and her unique designs. The book also contains an index that shows where the buildings listed in the book are built, which means readers can visit and see Hadid’s beautiful buildings in person. There is also a bibliography in case readers want to do more research about Hadid or her architecture. Submitted by: Jamie Rabourn 

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