In 2004 she won the Pritzker Prize and in 2016 she became the first woman architect to receive from the Royal Institute of British Architects the Royal Gold Medal awarded to architects who have had a significant influence "direct or indirect on the progress of architecture". Her idea of futuristic architecture and design often transcends the stereotypes of living but it will be this commitment of hers to explore the space that will lead her to create the fluid forms that have distinguished her work.

About the sinuous shapes of her design, she said: "There are 360 degrees, so why stick to one?" Cities and places of living should be inspired by nature, should arouse emotions, should be amazed. Nothing is unrealizable for her who knows how to turn concepts into reality. Even before building his architecture he had to revolutionize the expressive means with which he represented them in design, the tools of traditional architecture limited the project, so it starts from painting and then arrives over the years to the most sophisticated technologies of 3D modeling and rendering.

"Women are always told, 'You’re not going to make it, it’s too difficult, you can’t do that, don’t enter this competition, you’ll never win it, ' - they need confidence in themselves and people around them to help them to get on." (From Veuve Clicquot businesswoman of the year in 2013).

As a pioneer she has become a feminist icon of architecture, she has always maintained that the vision and design of any type of architecture did not belong to either the female or male categories, but only to talent and commitment. The sudden death of Zaha Hadid in 2016 in Miami interrupts her journey of exploration of the ever-new expressive forms and leaves a legacy to designers around the world for her personal Copernican revolution of architecture.