Sir David Adjaye OBE is recognized as a leading architect of his generation. Born in Tanzania to Ghanaian parents, his broadly ranging influences, ingenious use of materials and sculptural ability have established him as an architect with an artist’s sensibility and vision. In 2000, he founded Adjaye Associates, which now has offices in London, New York and Accra, with projects in the US, UK, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. His largest project to date, the $540 million Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture, opened on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in fall of 2016. The museum was named the "Cultural Event of the year" by The New York Times, and the "Beazley Design of the Year" by the Design Museum.
Recently completed projects include Ruby City, San Antonio, Texas (2019); Making Memory, an exhibition at the Design Museum, London (2019); the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C. (2016); the Sugar Hill mixed-use social housing scheme in Harlem, New York (2015); the Aishti Foundation retail and art complex in Beirut (2015); and the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO (2010).
Adjaye has amassed numerous accolades for his visionary work, including Design Miami "Artist of the Year" title in 2011, The Wall Street Journal Innovator Award in 2013 and the 2016 Panerai London Design Medal from the London Design Festival. In 2017, Adjaye received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for services to architecture, and was recognized as one of the 100 most influential people of the year by Time magazine.