The Royal Institute of British Architects has called Ghanaian-British architect Sir David Adjaye the recipient of its 2021 Royal Gold Medal, one of the highest distinctions in the field. Adjaye joins a pantheon of Royal Gold receivers that consists of Frank Lloyd Wright (1941 ), Kenzō Tange (1965 ), Charles and Ray Eames (1979 ), Rem Koolhaas (2004 ), and Zaha Hadid (2016 ).”Its extremely humbling and a fantastic honor to have my peers acknowledge the work I have established with my group and its contribution to the field over the previous 25 years,” Adjaye, 54, said in a statement.
Image: Getty ImagesThe son of a Ghanian diplomat, Adjaye was born in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in 1966– 2 years after the nation got its self-reliance from Great Britain. His childhood was cosmopolitan and privileged: Adjaye was informed by personal tutors as his household moved to Uganda, Egypt, Yemen, Ghana, Saudi Arabia, and Lebanon prior to settling in London in 1977. He earned a B.A. at London South Bank University in 1990 and, 3 years later on, a masters from the Royal College of Art. In 2000, he launched his own company, Adjaye Associates. Today it has offices in London, Accra, and New York, and commissions all over the world. Keen to avoid being identified a “Black architect,” Adjaye acknowledges the function his roots play in his work.”I think you are always a product of what you do and where you came from– you are shaped by your background,” he informed Designboom. “I was very influenced by the world and the things that I saw, but what influenced me wasnt the artifacts or the quality of architecture, however the power of architecture to shape societies.” He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2017, the exact same year Time magazine called Adjaye one of the years most prominent individuals.
The Royal Institute of British Architects has actually called Ghanaian-British designer Sir David Adjaye the recipient of its 2021 Royal Gold Medal, one of the greatest honors in the field. Adjaye signs up with a pantheon of Royal Gold receivers that includes Frank Lloyd Wright (1941 ), Kenzō Tange (1965 ), Charles and Ray Eames (1979 ), Rem Koolhaas (2004 ), and Zaha Hadid (2016 ). Keen to prevent being identified a “Black architect,” Adjaye acknowledges the role his roots play in his work.