Zaha Hadid Obituary – Zaha Hadid Best Buildings

Zaha Hadid, the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize, died of a heart attack this morning in a Miami hospital where she was reportedly being treated for bronchitis. She was 65.

The Iraqi-born architect was among the most prominent design figures worldwide. Her buildings include the London Aquatics Centre (used in the 2012 Summer Olympics), the Vitra Fire Station in Weil am Rhein in Germany, China’s Guangzhou Opera House, the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London, and the Riverside Museum in Glasgow.

“We now see more established female architects all the time,” she said upon accepting the Royal Institute of British Architects Gold Medal—which she was also the first woman to win—earlier this year. “That doesn’t mean it’s easy. Sometimes the challenges are immense. There has been tremendous change over recent years and we will continue this progress.”

Hadid grew up in Baghdad and studied at the American University of Beirut before transferring to the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. She worked for her former professors, Rem Koolhaas and Elia Zenghelis, at their firm in the Netherlands, the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, and became a partner there in 1977. In 1979, she established her own firm, Zaha Hadid Architects, in London. She was made a Dame in 2012 and is now known for buildings from New York to Azerbaijan; Hadid also had about a dozen projects in progress. Her furniture designs are highly coveted, and recently, the architect expanded into jewelry, unveiling a jewelry collection with Georg Jensen at Baselworld.

In a citation of her work, written just a few months ago, architect Peter Cook said of his friend and colleague: “It is perhaps a little lonely there up at the top, surrounded now by some very considerable talent in the office, but feared somewhat and distanced from the young. Yet in private Zaha is gossipy and amusing, genuinely interested in the work of talented colleagues who do very different architecture.”

You can read her firm’s official statement on her passing here.

A look back at some of her most iconic designs:

Palladium Hotel Group Selects Cornerstone OnDemand to Engage and Enable its Global Workforce

International hotel group to implement unified talent management technology to better manage and develop its 11,000 employees and help them take charge of their careers

SANTA MONICA, Calif. and MADRID – 29 March 2016 – Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ: CSOD) today announced that Palladium Hotel Group, the 7th largest Spanish hotel consortium in the world, has selected Cornerstone’s unified talent management solution to better recruit, train and manage its global workforce. Palladium will apply its corporate philosophy of excellence and high standard of guest satisfaction it is known for to its workforce to better engage and enable employees to take charge of their careers.

Part of the family-owned Grupo Empresas Matutes, Palladium will offer Cornerstone’s software to its 11,000 employees across multiple business units. The hotel group manages 50 hotels in six countries, including Brazil, Dominican Republic, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico and Spain, under four primary brands: Palladium Hotels & Resorts, Fiesta Hotels & Resorts, Ushuaïa Unexpected Hotels and Ayre Hoteles.

Offering a wide range of guest experiences across varied destinations, Palladium needed a single database and organizational structure that would unify the data and reporting model for efficient and effective HR decision making, while also providing tools that would promote employee engagement and professional development. To do this, Palladium will employ Cornerstone Recruiting, Cornerstone Onboarding, Cornerstone Learning, Cornerstone Connect and Cornerstone Performance. By implementing Cornerstone’s comprehensive talent management suite, Palladium Hotel Group will be able to:

  • Support employee development and knowledge sharing. Using Cornerstone Learning and Cornerstone Connect, Palladium employees will have instant access to critical training and development resources and will be able to collaborate with colleagues to share best practices. This will allow employees to take command of their professional development and will help to build a culture with greater employee engagement and higher motivation levels.
  • Identify, reward and retain top performers. With Cornerstone, Palladium will be able to better identify high-performing internal candidates for career advancement opportunities and help facilitate internal mobility. Implementing a strong internal mobility program has proven to boost retention rates and improve employee satisfaction.
  • Make informed, data-driven business decisions. Through Cornerstone’s advanced and secure cloud-based technology, Palladium will be able to create a more streamlined and efficient system, allowing better insight into the needs of the organization and the strengths of its employees.

Comments on the News
“Palladium Hotel Group has big plans for growth, and Cornerstone is essential to ensuring better and faster decision making in relation to our most important asset, our employees,” said Raul Benito, Corporate Director of Human Resources and Organization, Palladium Hotel Group. “With Cornerstone, Palladium will standardize processes, develop models based on best practices, improve productivity, detect training needs and enable better talent assessment, ultimately improving our strong commitment to internal promotion of the best talent.”

“One of the key objectives for Palladium Hotel Group is to have all talent management processes in one place in order to better drive the development of their employees,” said Vincent Belliveau, executive vice president and general manager of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Cornerstone OnDemand. “With our unified platform offering, Cornerstone can support Palladium’s expansion policy via scaling and accelerating employee development in line with business priorities and growth.”

Additional Resources

About Palladium Hotel Group
Palladium Hotel Group is a Spanish hotel chain with more than 40 years of experience. The chain has 50 hotels in six countries: Spain, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Sicily (Italy) and Brazil and operates four brands: Palladium Hotels & Resorts, with four sub-brands: The Royal Suites by Palladium, Grand Palladium Hotels & Resorts Palladium and Palladium Hotels Boutique hotels (with Agroturismo Sa Talaia) – Fiesta Hotels & Resorts, Ushuaia Unexpected Hotels, Only You, with Ayre Hotels Hotel & Lounge – and a licensed brand Hard Rock Hotels.

Palladium Hotel Group’s philosophy is to offer its guests high-quality amenities and services in each hotel and resort, as well as excellent value. Palladium Hotel Group is family owned (Grupo Empresas Matutues) and based in Ibiza, Spain. For more information, go to

About Cornerstone OnDemand
Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ: CSOD) is a global leader in cloud-based learning and talent management software. The company’s solutions help organisations realise the potential of a modern workforce. From recruitment, onboarding, training and collaboration, to performance management, compensation, succession planning and analytics, Cornerstone is designed to enable a lifetime of learning and development that is fundamental to the growth of employees and organisations.

Based in Santa Monica, California, the company’s solutions are used by nearly 2,600 clients worldwide, spanning 23.8 million users across 191 countries and 42 languages. To learn more about Cornerstone, visit us on Twitter, Facebook and our blog.


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The 10 Worst Things to Name Your Baby This Year

Every year, the Social Security Administration publishes a list of baby names that have decreased in popularity from the previous year. Basically, it’s a “Don’t Name Your Kid This If You Don’t Want Them To Be a Loser” cheat sheet. The list includes these 10 baby name stunners. Please, steer clear.

Dean Forbes, CEO of KDS, to feature in Twitter Q&A session for the Global Travel and Tourism Partnership community on March 22nd, 2-3 pm GMT

Dean Forbes has pledged that KDS will make a donation to the GTTP for every question tweeted

March 16, 2016 – The Global and Travel Tourism Partnership (GTTP) announced it will be hosting a Twitter Q & A session with Dean Forbes, the CEO of its Industry Partner, KDS, on March 22nd from 2-3 pm GMT. Throughout the live interview, Dean will offer tips for developing a career in the travel and tourism industry as well as provide his thoughts on the fast-growing sharing economy sector. Anyone can participate by tweeting their question using the hashtag #AskGTTP. Dean has pledged that KDS will make a donation to the GTTP for every question tweeted for the session. The event is part of the GTTP 20th Anniversary celebrations being held throughout the year.

How to participate:

  1. Connect to your Twitter account
  2. Write your question to Dean including the hashtag #AskGTTP – either before or during the event
  3. Follow @GlobalTourismEd and Dean Forbes @DeanForbesKDS

KDS is a global provider of corporate travel and expense management software solutions. CEO Dean is responsible for KDS’ Strategy and Operations. Having originally joined KDS as EVP for Worldwide Sales and Marketing, Dean transformed the KDS offering by leading the development of new products, the KDS partner programme and a number of marketing initiatives which lead to record breaking performance in 2010.

Speaking about the GTTP’s 20th Anniversary, Dean said: “Contributing to the mission of the GTTP is very close to my and everyone’s heart at KDS. I hope that my participation in the alliance brings the students as much as they have already given me during our numerous exchanges. The GTTP has done an incredible job over the last 20 years to expose travel, tourism and hospitality students to important trends in the industry. I want KDS to be able to provide the up-coming generations with an outlook on their industry that will make them even better prepared for what’s ahead of them.”

About GTTP
The Global Travel and Tourism Partnership is an industry philanthropic initiative to foster future talent and tackle the global skills shortage. The GTTP educates secondary school students about careers in Travel & Tourism at a time when they are making career and education choices. More than 2 million students have participated in GTTP activities. Its Passport to the World curriculum is used in 13 countries in Europe, Africa, East Asia, and North and South America. It serves some 450,000 students in more than 5,600 schools. For more about GTTP visit or the GTTP Facebook page. The GTTP blog ( and graduate profile page on the GTTP website ( showcase stories of former pupils who are pursuing successful careers in Travel & Tourism as a direct result of their GTTP education and experiences. The GTTP YouTube channel features short talks from GTTP global industry partners on career opportunities in travel and tourism.

About KDS
KDS ( is a global provider of integrated travel and expense management solutions and industry leader in complete door-to-door trip booking. The company’s cloud-based technology addresses T&E requirements such as T&E policy enforcement and adoption, online travel booking and automated expense processing and invoice reconciliation. KDS offers extensive connectivity to travel content (air, car, rail, hotel) and financial services providers, ensuring optimized availability and pricing.

KDS creates software that users love and believes that user experience is key to delivering cost savings, productivity gains and control over T&E spend.

Press contacts:

Global Travel and Tourism Partnership
Dr. Nancy Needham
Tel: 1 610 793 1404

Stanislas Berteloot
Director of Product & Corporate Marketing, KDS
Tel. + 33 (0) 1 46 29 33 80 Cell +33 6 80 40 40 56

Zoë White
Acting GTTP PR Representative