Only a few weeks since the humongous news of fellow Ghanaian, Edward Enninful being appointed as editor of British Vogue, and here we are again with the wonderful news that acclaimed architect David Adjaye has been awarded with a Knighthood for his services to architecture.
The investiture ceremony, on 12 May 2017, was performed by Prince William at Buckingham Palace. No stranger to royal recognition for his work, Adjaye was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in October 2016 and received an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2007.
The 51-year old was born in Tanzania to Ghanaian parents before moving to Britain at the age of nine. His first solo exhibition was at London’s Whitechapel Gallery in 2006. Now, he is known and respected both at home and internationally. He led a team that designed the new $360 million Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington DC.
He was recently named on the Times 100 most influential people in 2017 list where he said he was “truly humbled”.
David Adjaye said, “I am truly honoured and humbled to receive a knighthood by Her Majesty the Queen for my contribution to architecture. I see this not as a personal celebration, but as a celebration of the vast potential – and responsibility – for architecture to effect positive social change that we as architects have to bring something positive to the world. I am proud to continue to work in service of this mission as a global cultural ambassador for the UK.”
In an official statement The Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood at St. James’s Palace said: “David Adjaye is recognised for his contribution to architecture and design. He is one of the leading architects of his generation and a global cultural ambassador for the UK. His designs include the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo in the shell of a disused railway station and the Whitechapel Idea Store in London where he also pioneered a new approach to the provision of information services as well as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver and numerous private commissions. His most recent major achievement was the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC.”
Congratulations Sir David Adjaye!