Posted April 08, 2020 08:00:00 The story of Zaha had its ups and downs.
When the young architect graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1972, he immediately started his career in architecture.
He went on to work for the government of Quebec and then for the United States before landing a job at the prestigious Bauhaus Institute in Germany.
The Bauches were a school for architects, but when they moved to the United Kingdom they opened a school of their own, with a new name and a new aim: to promote architecture.
“I had a dream to become a professor, so I decided to go,” he says.
“It was like a big step for me.”
The Baus became famous as a school that attracted students from all over the world, and it was in Germany that Zaha went to study architecture.
But after graduation, Zaha decided to stay at the Bauchss for a year to get a better education and get some more experience.
“For me, I wanted to get more experience,” he recalls.
He also wanted to pursue a career in the industry he loved so much.
He was lucky to have found the Baus, but his dreams for a career were dashed.
“If you want to be a professor at Bauzas, you have to go somewhere else,” he explains.
The good news was that he had his own place to live, which was close to where he worked in the university, and he was happy to stay there.
The bad news was the work.
He had to leave the Baudelaire School of Architecture for another project in the Bücher-Muller Institute of Architecture.
“When I started, I had a huge passion for architecture, and I wanted my career to take off,” he admits.
The problem was that the work was not enough. “
My boss was very supportive, and they let me stay on for about two months.”
The problem was that the work was not enough.
Zaha was struggling to make ends meet.
He decided to leave Baudeln-Munich and take up a job as an architecture consultant in London.
It was a good way to start his career, but the company had no time to spare for him.
“A colleague of mine at the company said that I should start my own company,” Zaha says.
That idea made him realise he needed a bigger team to work on his projects.
So, he created a company, Baukassa Architects, which took up a more permanent space.
“That was the beginning of my life in architecture,” Zavalas tells us.
In 1978, Zavalases first client was the British government.
The first project was to help build the London Olympic Stadium, a massive structure in the center of London.
Zavalasse had already been working in architecture for 15 years when he decided to move to London.
He started working for the Olympic Corporation, and later for the city’s mayor.
“As soon as the government came to me with a proposal, I was offered a job,” he remembers.
“The project was an old brick building on a green space, and the architects and the architect staff worked very well together.
We worked together in very small teams.”
In 1985, Zawalas company was awarded a contract to build the Olympic stadium, but it was the construction of the stadium that attracted the most attention.
The stadium would house a tennis court and a swimming pool.
The company had to do all the work and hire the subcontractors, and that meant building the building itself.
The project took two years to complete.
The construction of London’s Olympic Stadium is seen from the Olympic Park in 1988.
(Source: Alamy) Zavalais was hired by the British Olympic Association to complete the project.
“At the time, we had no idea what was going to happen, and we had to keep our feet on the ground,” he recounts.
“We were all working for free and without any pay, and even we did not know where we would be next.”
“We did not have any money, so we did what we did best,” he adds.
“Work started at 10 a.m. on Monday mornings, and at noon we would go to the stadium to get everything ready.
I would work late into the night and finish my project before the team arrived at work.”
Zavalays job was to finish the work by 8 p.m., but it turned out that there was a problem.
The building had not been built properly, and Zavalises team did not complete their work by 9 p.l. “After the stadium was finished, the architects found out that we were not supposed to finish work until the morning,” Zawals says.
The problem meant that they had to wait until the following Monday.