DAVID ADJAYE TO RECEIVE KNIGHTHOOD FOR SERVICES TO ARCHITECTURE
Tanzanian-born, British-Ghanaian architect, David Adjaye is set to receive a knighthood for his services to architecture and design on the Queen’s official birthday in June. Adjaye who turns 50 this year, is most known for his lead role in designing the National Museum of African American History on Washington DC’s National Mall, which opened to the public in September 2016.
“I am truly honored and humbled to receive a knighthood by Her Majesty the Queen for my contribution to architecture,” Adjaye is quoted in the same statement published by the architect’s firm Adjaye Associates. “I see this not as a personal celebration, but as a celebration of the vast potential —and responsibility— for architecture to effect positive social change, that we as architects have to bring something positive to the world. I am proud to continue to work in service of this mission as a global cultural ambassador for the UK.”
In November 2016, it was announced that Adjaye’s firm had been shortlisted to design the UK’s National Holocaust Memorial. Adjaye Associates were also selected for Latvia’s first Museum of Contemporary Art, and will be the master plan architects for the major San Francisco Shipyard redevelopment, one of the largest architectural projects on the West Coast of the USA.
Other commissions include the National Museum of Slavery and Freedom in Cape Coast, Ghana, as well as Dirty House, a converted timber factory in London, and the Stephen Lawrence Centre, an educational facility dedicated to help improve opportunities for young black people in south London.
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