The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has just announced that Sir David Adjaye will receive the 2021 Royal Gold Medal. One of the world’s highest honors for architecture, the Royal Gold Medal is given as a recognition of a lifetime’s work, “to a person or group of people who have had a significant influence either directly or indirectly on the advancement of architecture”. This will make the 54 year old the first Black architect to win the prize in its 173-year history.
Sir David Adjaye is a 54 year old Ghanaian architect born in Tanzania to Ghanaian parents. Sir David, over the course of 25 years, has achieved international recognition and attention with a series of groundbreaking and worldwide interventions, ranging from private houses, exhibitions, and furniture design, to major cultural buildings and city masterplans. In 2000 he founded his practice Adjaye Associates with studios in Accra, London, and New York. Combining practice with teaching, Adjaye taught at the universities of Harvard, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Princeton.
Let’s take a look at some of the Notable & Iconic Architectural designs by Sir David Adjaye.
1. The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC.
2.Sugar Hill project in Harlem, New York contains affordable housing units, a kindergarten and a small museum.
3.The impressive chequerboard-patterned Francis Gregory Library in Washington DC.
4.Aishti Foundation, a 22, 500 sq m mixed-use building located in Beirut.
5.Moscow School of management,. a graduate business school located near Skolkovo, Moscow.
6.Proposed Latvian Museum of contemporary art to be located in New Hanza city, Latvia.
7.The National Cathedral of Ghana, in Accra (under construction).
8.Dirty House, a converted warehouse in Shoreditch, UK serves as an art studio and apartment building.
9.70-73 Piccadilly, a mixed-use complex in London comprising retail, hotels and luxury apartments.
10.The San Francisco Shipyard, an up and coming mixed-use community project.
11.Ruby City art museum in San Antonio, Texas.
12.Idea Store located at Whitechapel, London, houses a public library, medical clinics space for other programs and conferences.