David Adjaye, founder of London-based Adjaye/Associates, is a rising star in the design community, with a reputation as an architect with an artist’s sensibility and vision. Among his many celebrated and diverse projects are collaborations with important contemporary artists such as Chris Ofili and Olafur Eliasson.
Adjaye was born in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in 1966. He received his MA from the Royal College of Art, London, UK, in 1993. His work is currently on view at the 7th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea, and Manifesta 7, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Amsterdam (both through November 2008). Making Public Buildings has been presented at Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK (2006); Netherlands Architecture Institute, Maastricht (2006); The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY (2007); and Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, CO (2007). Adjaye is featured in the TV program Building Africa: Architecture of a Continent, which aired in June 2005. In conjunction with this effort, he began pursuing a personal project documenting each of Africa’s capital cities, to culminate in a forthcoming publication and exhibition at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (2009). In June 2007, Adjaye was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honors list for his services to architecture. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of East London in November 2007.