About David Adjaye
David Adjaye was born in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in 1966, to Ghanaian parents who were diplomats. He was raised in Africa, the Middle East, and the United Kingdom.
Having graduated from the Royal College of Art with a master’s degree in architecture, he went on to establish his own studio, Adjaye Associates, a few years later in 2000. He has since won several prestigious commissions, including the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo (2005) and the Whitechapel Idea Store in London (2005). Adjaye Associates now has offices in London, New York, and Accra, and is working on projects throughout the world: from a shopping and cultural complex in Beirut (ongoing) to a silk-weaving workshop in Varanasi, India (ongoing).
In the United States, Adjaye’s projects include a new home for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver (2007) and Sugar Hill (2014), an affordable housing scheme in Harlem, New York. Adjaye’s largest U.S. project, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., is scheduled to open in 2016. He is also working on the expansion of the new Studio Museum in Harlem (ongoing).
Adjaye has taught architecture at universities in England and the United States. He also continues to explore and expand his own views of the built environment; in 2011, he completed an 11-year photographic study of modern architecture in Africa. Artistic collaborations are also a significant aspect of Adjaye’s work; he recently worked with curator Okwui Enwezor on the design of the Venice Art Biennale (2015).