Get to know Sir David Adjaye’s touchstone projects

Global and inclusive landmarks that chart the British-Ghanaian architect’s meteoric rise

Sir David Adjaye made history last week, becoming the first Black architect to be awarded the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture by RIBA in its 173-year history.

The accolade is the Oscar of architecture and recognises not only the British-Ghanaian maverick’s incredible contribution to the world of architecture and design – it also signals a reckoning within the British architecture establishment, where less than 2% of registered architects are Black.

Sir David Adjaye pictured at London's Design Museum
Photography: Linda Nylind

Adjaye has worked tirelessly for the last 27 years, taking on projects that range from monumental public scales to intimate domestic spaces, each with an instantly recognisable aesthetic.

‘His work is local and specific, and at the same time global and inclusive,’ said the RIBA president, Alan Jones in a statement about Adjaye’s 2021 Gold Medal win. ’Blending history, art and science he creates highly crafted and engaging environments that balance contrasting themes and inspire us all.’

Here are just a few of Sir David Adjaye’s key projects that demonstrate his importance to the world of contemporary architecture.

 

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