Hadid developed her own London-based company, Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), in 1979.
Hadid's design for The Peak was never understood, nor were many of her other radical styles in the 1980s and early '90s, consisting of 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 track record as an architect of developed works in 2000, when work began on her design for a new Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2010 Hadid's boldly creative style for the MAXXI museum of modern art and architecture in Rome made her the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Stirling Prize for the best structure by a British designer finished in the previous year. Hadid's fluid undulating style for the Heydar Aliyev Centre - www.arch2O.com
, Aliyev Center, a cultural centre that opened in 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan, won the London Design Museum's Design of the Year in 2014.