David Adjaye is the IDS17 International Guest of Honour
David 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.
His studio, Adjaye Associates, has offices in London, New York and Accra. His firm’s work spans the globe, with projects including the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo (2005), the Bernie Grant Centre for the Performing Arts in London (2007), the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver (2007), and The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art at Harvard’s Hutchins Center in Boston (2014), among others.
His most recent work, The National Museum of African American History and Culture on Washington’s National Mall, is regarded as one of the most radical monuments of our time. The four hundred thousand square foot building exudes every ounce of architectural impact as it does cultural significance – a true demonstration of Adjaye’s ability to dissolve barriers and accommodate difference through design.
Adjaye frequently collaborates with contemporary artists on art and installation projects. Examples include The Upper Room, with thirteen paintings by Chris Ofili (2002), Within Reach, a second installation with Ofili in the British pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2003), and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art for the 21st Century Pavilion that was designed to show a projection work by Olafur Eliasson, Your Black Horizon, at the 2005 Venice Biennale. The Upper Room is now in the permanent collection of Tate Britain. Adjaye recently collaborated with Okwui Enwezor on the design of the 56th Venice Art Biennale (2015).
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. He was awarded the OBE for services to architecture in 2007, received the Design Miami/ Year of the Artist title in 2011, the Wall Street Journal Innovator Award in 2013 and more recently the Panerai London Design Medal, awarded this year by the London Design Festival, the highest accolade bestowed upon an individual who has distinguished themselves within the industry and demonstrated consistent design excellence over a number of years.
The material from Adjaye’s ten-year study of the capital cities of Africa was shown in Urban Africa, an exhibition at the Design Museum, London (2010) and published as African Metropolitan Architecture (New York, 2011, and as Adjaye Africa Architecture, London, 2011). He was the artistic director of GEO-graphics: A map of art practices in Africa, past and present, a major exhibition at the Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels (2010). An exhibition of his architectural work, David Adjaye: Output, was held at Gallery MA, Tokyo (2010). In 2015 a comprehensive retrospective exhibition of his work to date was held at Haus der Kunst in Munich and the Art Institute of Chicago.
Join us for IDS17 as we welcome David Adjaye as our International Guest of Honour for Professional Trade Day, Presented by Miele on Friday, January 20. David will be speaking on the Caesarstone Stage during the Azure Trade Talks series.
Pre-registration for Professional Trade Day, Presented by Miele is just $10.