David Adjaye

David Adjaye Bio with Washington Skeleton and Skin ChairsDavid Adjaye OBE is recognized as a leading architect of his generation. Adjaye was born in Tanzania to Ghanaian parents and his influences range from contemporary art, music and science to African art forms and the civic life of cities. In 1994 he set up his first office, where his ingenious use of materials and his sculptural ability established him as an architect with an artist’s sensibility and vision. 

He reformed his studio as Adjaye Associates in 2000 and immediately won several prestigious commissions. Adjaye Associates now have offices in London, Berlin, New York and Accra, and are working on projects in Europe, North America, Asia and Africa. In the United States Adjaye was the designer of a new home for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver (2007), two public libraries in Washington DC (2012), as well as of several innovative residential projects. In 2009 a team led by Adjaye was selected to design the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington DC.

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, Harvard and Princeton. The last exhibition of his architectural work, David Adjaye: Output, was held at Gallery MA, Tokyo (2010).