Architect Sir David Adjaye (recipient of the Center for Architecture and Design’s 2018 Louis I. Kahn Memorial Award) gained early recognition for a series of unique London houses made for artist clients in the mid-1990s and early 2000s. Since then, his practice Adjaye Associates has developed a robust portfolio of distinctive architectural works across four continents—Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. Ranging from arts and cultural organizations to complex urban developments, these projects deal directly with the political, economic, cultural, and social complexities of contemporary civic life.
Born in 1966 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to Ghanaian parents, Adjaye spent his childhood years in Africa and the Middle East, where his father was stationed as a diplomat. The family relocated permanently to the United Kingdom in 1979. Now with offices in London, New York, and Accra, Ghana, Adjaye can be considered one of a group of truly global architects whose practices defy cultural borders and geopolitical categories.
Rather than pursuing a signature style, his designs respond to the unique qualities of their context, drawing out and contributing to the narratives of their place to produce projects with the capacity to enliven neighborhoods and empower communities. Across a variety of scales, from bespoke pavilions to masterplans, Adjaye is driven by an insatiable desire to continually improve the built landscape with projects that encourage us to re-examine entrenched social rules and modes of behavior.
Projects featured in this exhibition include:
- Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture
- Francis A. Gregory Library
- Moscow School of Management Skolkovo
- Nobel Peace Center