CPA contributor, David Ole does a profile on renown Ghanaian architect, David Adjaye.
David Adjaye is a Tanzania born architect of Ghanaian heritage. He is now recognized as one of the leading architects of his generation in the U.K. He earned his BA at London South Bank university, before graduating with an MA in 1993 from the Royal college of art. At the age of only 36, David Adjaye was tagged by one leading London newspaper, the independent Sunday, as 2002’s “most fashionable architect of the moment”. His unique designs, often with a cool edge have helped make the African-born professional one of the rising new stars in his field. His London-based Adjaye Associates takes on both residential and retail commissions, and has become known for its innovative mix of standard construction staples–such as treated wood and concrete–along with supple new high-tech materials.
“Our design approach does not seek to impose a prescriptive solution, but rather aims to open up different possibilities for each individual project and brief, whether that’s a private residence or a new public building. Each time, we try to provide a unique, flexible, and effective response to the brief. Good design has as much of a place in public spaces like libraries, hospitals, and schools as it does in the homes of wealthy individual clients.” – David Adjaye
David understands his status as a role model for young people and lectures frequently. He was the first Louis Khan visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and was the Kenzo Tange Professor in Architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Previously a unit tutor at the Architectural Association, David was also a lecturer at the Royal College of Art where he received his MA in architecture in 1993. That same year he was awarded the RIBA First Prize Bronze Medal. Following this, he trained at David Chipperfield Architects and then Eduardo Souto de Moura Architects in Oporto.
He is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA),Architect’s Registration Board (ARB), and also a senior fellow of the Design Futures council, Honourary Fellow of the American Institute of Architecture.
Some of his works:
David Ole blogs at Dave’s Canvas