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DAVID ADJAYE

Adjaye Associates
African American AIA Fellow


SAY IT LOUD - United Kingdom
SAY IT LOUD - Washington DC Exhibitor

United Kingdom Based Designer

About

Adjaye was born in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The son of a Ghanaian diplomat, David Adjaye lived in Tanzania, Egypt, Yemen and Lebanon before moving to Britain at the age of nine.

DAVID ADJAYE

Bio:

The great architect,  Sir David Frank Adjaye OBE RA (born September 1966) is a British architect. He is known for designing many buildings around the world.

 

Adjaye was born in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The son of a Ghanaian diplomat, David Adjaye lived in Tanzania, Egypt, Yemen and Lebanon before moving to Britain at the age of nine. Upon graduating with a BA in Architecture from London South Bank University in 1990, he was nominated for the RIBA President’s Medals, and won the RIBA Bronze Medal for the best design project produced at BA level worldwide. He graduated with an MA in 1993 from the Royal College of Art.

Year of Elevation: 

2008

Featured Project Name: 

Stephen Lawrence Centre —Educational Centre

Featured Project Location: 

Brookmill Road, Lewisham, London UK

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

2007

Role in Featured Project: 

Architect

 

Featured Project Description:

Built in the memory of murdered architecture student Stephen Lawrence, the centre is dedicated to improving opportunities for young black people in south London. It offers services to the general population of the Lewisham area but has a unique contribution to make in relation to improving the life chances of black Caribbean and African young people. The Centre works closely with partners in the area to tackle under achievement and to increase young people’s motivation to embrace education and overcome the barriers of the fulfillment of their potential in life.

 

Photography Credit:

Lyndon Douglas

Featured Project Name: 

Sugar Hill Mixed-Use Development

Featured Project Location: 

Harlem, New York

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

2015

Role in Featured Project: 

Design Architect

 

Featured Project Description:

Sugar Hill is a mixed-use development in Manhattan’s historic Sugar Hill district of Harlem featuring affordable housing, early education programs and a new cultural institution. This community development was initiated on a tight budget by non-profit developer of supportive housing, Broadway Housing Communities (BHC). Unusually, the scheme incorporates a public program. The children’s museum and early childhood centre resonate with Adjaye’s commitment to urban and cultural responsibility.

 

Photography Credit:

Wade Zimmerman | Adjaye & Associates