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Architect Zaha Hadid, the first woman to receive the coveted Pritzker Prize (in 2004), is celebrated in a new book from Rizzoli titled Zaha Hadid: Complete Works. Hadid's designs are a "fusion of a Western modernist education and Middle Eastern art", as described in the introduction by Aaron Betsky, Director of the Cincinnati Art Museum: "...the intricate patterns that defeated comprehension and embodied the collaborative efforts of hands transforming reality into a sensuous surface, simple spaces into lush ones." The book encompasses Hadid's architectural designs as well as furniture, interiors, sculptures and objects such as bowls and jewelry. Included are her most recent commissions, such as the Guggenheim-Hermitage Museum in Lithuania and the Aquatics Centre for the 2012 London Olympics, as well as her most renowned works, including as the Vitra Fire Station in Germany and the Lois and Richard Lowenthal Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati.