Hadid developed her own London-based firm, Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), in 1979.
Hadid's style for The Peak was never ever recognized, nor were many of her other radical designs in the 1980s and early '90s, including the Kurfürstendamm (1986) in Berlin, the Düsseldorf Art and Media Centre (1992-- 93), and the Cardiff Bay Opera House (1994) in Wales. Hadid solidified her reputation as an architect of constructed works in 2000, when work began on her style for a brand-new Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2010 Hadid's boldly imaginative design for the MAXXI museum of modern art and architecture in Rome earned her the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Stirling Prize for the finest building by a British architect completed in the past year. Hadid's fluid undulating style for the Heydar Aliyev Center, a cultural centre that opened in 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan, won the London Design Museum's Design of the Year in 2014.