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Zaha Hadid stands her ground on BBC interview before walking out


Earlier today Zaha Hadid walked out of a hostile interview on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme after a series of probing questions about two of her stadium projects. The interview, which pressed Hadid on the deaths of construction workers in Qatar and scrapping plans for the Tokyo Olympic stadium, has seen a number of architects take to Twitter to express their anger. Hadid was being interviewed to mark being awarded the 2016 RIBA Royal Gold Medal for her life’s work. "[We were] surprised and disappointed by the focus of the Radio 4 Today programme interview with Dame Zaha Hadid this morning,” a RIBA spokesperson has said. She is the first woman to be sole recipient of the award.