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'Genius' behind Riverside Museum becomes first woman to win coveted title

The leading architect Zaha Hadid, who designed Glasgow's Riverside Museum by the Clyde, has become the first woman to collect the Design Of The Year award

The leading architect Zaha Hadid, who designed Glasgow's Riverside Museum by the Clyde, has become the first woman to collect the Design Of The Year award

Hadid won the accolade for a museum she created in the capital of Azerbaijan.

Her work on the Heydar Aliyev Centre in Baku also became the first architectural project to take the overall prize in the competition, organised by the Design Museum in London and now in its seventh year.

The curved structure followed previous winners such as the London 2012 Olympic Torch, the Plumen lightbulb, and the British government's gov.uk website.

It was chosen by a panel of experts from over 70 nominated designs in the categories of Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Product and Transport. All of the nominated designs are on display in an exhibition at the Design Museum until August 25.

Hadid - a double-winner of the Stirling Prize for architecture - said she and her team were "absolutely delighted" with their win, which saw them beat other category winners which included Prada's spring/summer collection which won the fashion title.

Chairman of the judging jury, Ekow Eshun, said: "It's beautiful, it's inspiring, it's the clear vision of a singular genius."

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