Sir David Adjaye(1966-), Architect
Sitter in 3 portraits
Tanzanian-born (of Ghanaian descent) Adjaye is one of the UK's most successful architects. His buildings are influenced by African and contemporary art, whilst being informed by the local area surrounding them. His work includes the pavilion for the artist-led collaboration The Source at Tate Liverpool and the Mass Extinction Monitoring Observatory on the Isle of Portland, Dorset. His studio was selected to design the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., which opened in September 2016. He is currently designing the new home of the Studio Museum Harlem, New York, as well as that of Cape Coast Slavery Museum in Ghana. In the UK, he is involved in plans for the Hackney Regeneration Project. He was awarded an OBE in 2007 and topped the Powerlist 2013 of influential black Britons. Adjaye was knighted in the 2017 New Year’s Honours.
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