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An architect with an artist's sensibility, Adjaye's projects are defined by their responsiveness to the geography, history and culture.
David Adjaye OBE is recognised as a leading architect of his generation. He reformed his studio as Adjaye Associates in 2000 and immediately won several prestigious commissions, including the design for the Whitechapel Idea Store in London that pioneered a new approach to libraries. His largest commission is the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington D.C. which is scheduled to open at the end of 2015. Adjaye Associates now has three international offices, with projects throughout the world. He frequently collaborates with contemporary artists on art and installation projects and also designed a temporary museum/exhibition space for the 2015 Venice Biennale. He holds distinguished professorships at Yale and Harvard Universities, having also previously taught at the Royal College of Art where he once studied, and at the Architectural Association School in London. 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 the W.E.B. Du Bois medal from Harvard University.