Design Adventures with Zaha Hadid will be a succession of memoirs and anecdotes spanning 30 years of my personal design adventures and revelations with the world renowned architect Zaha M. Hadid. These accounts from my particular perspective will further illustrate her unwavering modernist mindset, courage, and leadership -  which unfolded in Zaha’s unprecedented architectural career, personal accomplishments and heartbreaks; a testimony to her sheer willpower and female vibrancy to eclipse the world’s architectural culture until her untimely death on March 31, 2016…

Zaha Hadid & Simon Koumjian III in Zaragoza, Spain

Zaha’s Design Equations

Zaha’s Mathematical


Zaha’s Architectural Solar

& Lunar Eclipses

Zaha’s Kitsch, Flowers & Shoes

Zaha’s Courageous Temper

& Splendor

Zaha’s Tutorial Tornados

Zaha’s Optimistic Fervor

Zaha’s Radiant Heart

In April 2015, the Soho House, NYC Screening Room presented the film 'Who Dares Wins•Zaha Hadid' in the private 44-seat cinema; along with a Q&A session following the film lead by Kyle Bergman with Simon Koumjian III.


Simon began his decades of affiliation with Zaha Hadid in 1986 as a graduate student under her tutelage at the Architectural Association, after which he apprenticed in her London office. Over the years he collaborated on an array of projects, and in more recent years has served as guest critic and teaching assistant until her untimely death in March 2016.


Architect Kyle Bergman founded the Architecture & Design Film Festival (ADFF) in 2008 and serves as its festival director; he has also been involved with design/build architectural education since 1994.


Architectural Innovation meets Science of Wellness