Meet Sir David Frank Adjaye, a Ghanaian-British born Architect who is well-known for his immense works in the field of Architecture.
The lead designer of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture was honoured with a knighthood as part of Queen Elizabeth’s biannual honours programme for his services to the British people and architecture.
Adjaye celebrated his Ghanaian heritage in grand style by wearing a blue bespoke suit which had the colours of the Ghana flag; red, gold, green and black for its interior. He was the epitome of class and style in his suit as he was conferred with the honour by Prince William, Duke of Cambridge at a ceremony held at Buckingham Palace on Saturday.
A son of a Ghanaian Diplomat, the 50-year old architect will now be referred to as “Sir” to show that he has been knighted. In 2007, Sir David Adjaye was also awarded the Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.
Images of the outfit were shared extensively on micro-blogging Twitter through his office account, Adjaye and Associates as well as friends of the Architect.
— Adjaye Associates (@AdjayeAssoc) May 12, 2017
— June Sarpong MBE (@junesarpong) May 12, 2017
Sir David Adjaye joins Ghanaian compatriot and mining magnate, Sir Sam Jonah who was the first Ghanaian to awarded the title of Knighthood as far back as 2003.
In his acceptance speech after the investiture, Sir Adjaye said that he was “deeply honoured and delighted to have received a knighthood for my contribution to architecture, and absolutely thrilled to be recognised for a role that I consider a pleasure to be able to undertake.”
“I would like to thank Her Majesty the Queen for this incredible privilege, which I see as a celebration of the potential architecture has to effect positive social change.” he added.
Some of his works include the designing of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo, and the Skolkovo Moscow School of Management. He is also known to built homes for British designer Alexander McQueen, artist Jake Chapman, photographer Juergen Teller, actor Ewan McGregor, and artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster.
Aside homes, he has created studios for Chris Ofili in the Port of Spain with a beach house. He later worked with Ofili to create an environment for The Upper Room and was acquired by Tate Britain. Adjaye has also collaborated with artist Olafur Eliasson to create a light installation, Your black horizon, at the 2005 Venice Biennale. The art project Sankalpa was also created with director Shekhar Kapur and himself.
Adjaye was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize for the Whitechapel Idea Store in 2006. The year 2016 saw him receive the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s McDermott award and a cash prize of $100,000 for excellence in the arts.The RIBA – Bronze Medal for Part 1 Students, Design Futures Council Senior Fellow, Design Miami/ Designer of the Year Award and Powerlist: Britain’s Most Influential Black Person are all awards he’s received in the past.
He is a former Professor at the Royal College of Art and the Architectural Association in London. Sir Adjaye married Business consultant Ashley Shaw-Scott in 2014.