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Raoul Wallenberg Lecture: David Adjaye, Adjaye Associates

October 19, 2012 at 6:00 pm

David Adjaye is one of the leading architects of his generation. Opening his first practice in 1994, he quickly developed a reputation as an architect with an artist’s sensibility and vision. His ingenious use of materials, design, and light have drawn praise from both the architectural community and the wider public.

He reformed his studio in 2000 as Adjaye Associates and has since gone on to win a number of prestigious commissions. Projects have been diverse in scale, audience, and geography; collaborations with artists including Chris Ofili and Olafur Eliasson, exhibition design, temporary pavilions, and private homes both in the U.K. and New York. More recently, major arts centers and important public buildings across London, Oslo, and Denver have demonstrated his considered approach to understanding the needs of the constituency served by each building and a respect for integration with their existing locale. His largest and most recent commission is the project to design the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American Culture and History on the National Mall.

Adjaye was the first Louis Khan visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and was the Kenzo Tange Professor in Architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. He was also a lecturer at the Royal College of Art where he received his MA in architecture in 1993 and was awarded the RIBA First Prize Bronze Medal. Following this, he trained at David Chipperfield Architects and then Eduardo Souto de Moura Architects in Oporto.

In 2005, Thames & Hudson published the first of many books, David Adjaye Houses: Recycling, Reconfiguring, RebuildingDreamspaces for the BBC, a six-part series on contemporary architecture. In June 2005 he presented the TV program Building Africa: Architecture of a Continent, which has culminated in an exhibition and book documenting each of Africa’s capital cities. In 2007, he was awarded an OBE for services to architecture in the Queen’s birthday honors list. He received an honorary doctorate of the arts from the University of East London in 2007 and is an honorary member of the AIA New York and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

David Adjaye


October 19, 2012
6:00 pm