The UK’s Royal Academy of Arts has announced the election of architect Sir David Adjaye as a new Royal Academician.
Christopher Le Brun, President of the Royal Academy, said “David Adjaye joins us at a time when the Royal Academy architects currently comprise a more distinguished group than at any time in its long history.”
Sir David was born in Tanzania to Ghanaian parents and his broadly ranging influences, use of materials and sculptural ability have established him as an architect with an artist’s vision.
He founded Adjaye Associates in 2000 and immediately won several prestigious commissions including the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo (2005) and the Idea Stores in London (2005), which were credited with pioneering a new approach to the provision of information services.
His largest project to date, the $540 million Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, opened on the National Mall in Washington DC in the autumn of 2016 and named Cultural Event of the Year by the New York Times.