Dame Zaha Hadid, one of the greatest architects of our time has left us in sadness and grief. For decades Zaha inspired many young architects around the world to break the boundaries of the profession. As a member of master jury of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2001 and later as a Steering committee member in 2004 she had an influence on widening the scope of the Award in pursuit of excellence in all forms, not only in formal terms but in terms that promoted a better quality of life for people. Zaha will be greatly missed.
— Aga Khan Award for Architecture