David Adjaye, “Inspiration for the Younger Generation”

David Adjaye, “Inspiration for the Younger Generation”

On September 20, 2016, it was announced that alongside other architects and designers, Tanzanian-born, British Ghanaian, David Adjaye won the Panerai London Design Medal. There are 4 medal categories and Adjaye has been awarded the most significant of these, an award for outstanding contributions to design.


The judges honoured Adjaye as “an inspiration for the younger generation”, with regard to the recently unveiled National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). The structure spans an impressive 400,000sq ft on the Washington Mall and was open to the public on September 24, 2016. The successful completion of this project has won more recognition for the architect.

In addition to his practice as an architect, Adjaye has since 2015 dabbled in textile and furniture design. Both genres characterise his unusual use of geometric designs and the African culture.


Kumasi Upholstery, Aswan Drapery and Bronze Coffee Table designed by Adjaye

The London Design Medal extols the achievements of designers who have positively impacted the world with their innovation. David Adjaye has managed, through his work on the NMAAHC, to not only contribute to global architecture but to reveal the dark history of an entire race.

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Ateroghene Almaz Akpojiyovbi holds a first degree in Social Science - with majors in both Law and Psychology from the University of Utrecht, Netherlands. She has also earned a Post-graduate Diploma in Psychology from Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom. She enjoys a widespread genre of music - from Broadway show tunes to rock, and spends her time updating her collection.

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