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SIR DAVID ADJAYE

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Sir David Adjaye is a Ghanaian, British architect, one the leading architects of his generation. Born in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, born in 1966. His father was a diplomat and consequently, the family lived in a number of African and Middle Eastern countries.
He achieved a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the South Bank University, London in 1990 and this was followed by a Master of Architecture degree in 1993, awarded by the Royal College of Art.
In his early career he worked in architectural studios in London and Portugal. Partnering with William Russell to form ‘Adjaye and Russell’ in 1994. He established Adjaye Associates in 2000 and is its principle architect.
 
 
 
 
He has a reputation for combining an imaginative use of materials, innovative use of light and inspired designs, with cultural / historical reference.
He is an internationally recognised architect, with architectural work spanning several continents. These include; Ruby City Museum in San Antonio, 130 William, in Manhattan, New York, USA and National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C.
 
In 2007, Adjaye was awarded an OBE for services to architecture and in 2017 he was Knighted. He became the RIBA Royal Gold Medal winner in 2021, which is recognised as the UK’s most prodigious award for architecture.
 
RUBY CITY MUSEUM - San Antonio
 
An Arts Centre and a home for the work of local and international artists. The building was designed by David Adjaye. A rich red precast concrete structure, based on Spanish colonial adobe and sandstone architecture, found in southern Texas of the 16th to 19th centuries.
 
 
 
 
130 WILLIAM, MANHATTAN, NEW YORK, USA
 
An inspiring design, at home in its environment. 800 feet high with 66 floors. 64 floors are residential and the first floors are retail and other amenities. The building has a hand cast concrete facade and is based on the use of masonry / architecture of earlier buildings in New York. The windows are a reflection of the style of buildings of the 1930s, that once dominated the area.
 
 
 
 
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE
WASHINGTON D.C.
 
A Smithsonian museum dedicated to African American life, history, and culture. Opened in 2016, costing five hundred million dollars. The outer bronze coated decorative framework, represents the iron lattice work of slaves.
 
 
 
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