PHOTOS: Ghanaian Architect, David Adjaye Knighted by Prince William

David Adjaye

Renowned British-Ghanaian architect, David Adjaye has been has been ushered into Knighthood for his service to architecture. The investiture ceremony was performed by Prince William.

David Adjaye upon receiving his knighthood said,

“I am truly honoured and humbled to receive a knighthood by Her Majesty the Queen for my contribution to architecture. 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.”

David Adjaye was born in Tanzania to Ghanaian parents. In 1994, he set up his first office, where his exceptional use of materials and his sculptural ability established him as an architect with an artist’s touch.

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David Adjaye
Prince William awarding David Adjaye with Knighthood

He reformed his studio as Adjaye Associates in 2000 and immediately won several prestigious commissions all around the world.

Adjaye Associates now has offices in London and New York, with projects throughout the world. These include the Aishti Foundation shopping and cultural complex in Beirut (2015), the Alara concept store in Lagos (2014), and a new headquarters building for the International Finance Corporation in Dakar.

In September 2016, the architect celebrated his 50th birthday and completed the largest project in his career to date – the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History & Culture on Washington DC’s National Mall.

David Adjaye with his Knighthood medal
David Adjaye with his Knighthood medal

Adjaye has taught at the Royal College of Art, where he had previously studied, and at the Architectural Association School in London, and has held distinguished professorships at the universities of Pennsylvania, Yale and Princeton. He is currently the John C. Portman Design Critic in Architecture at Harvard.