Iraqi born Zaha Hadid has been made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for services to … architecture in the British Queen’s birthday honours.

Hadid’s award winning projects include the London Aquatics centre for the 2012 Olympic Games, the Sheikh Zayad Bridge (pictured above) and performing arts centre on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, the modern art museum in Rome (MAXXI) and the Opera house in Guanzhou, China. The world renowned British based architect’s up-and-coming projects include the Rabat Theatre in Morocco and the Central Bank of Iraq in Baghdad.