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Ghanaian Architect David Adjaye Becomes First African To Receive Royal Gold Medal

Sir David Frank Adjaye OBE RA (born September 22, 1966) is a Ghanaian-British architect. He is known for designing many notable buildings around the world, including the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, and the Skolkovo Moscow School of Management.

In 2000, David founded his own practice, Adjaye Associates, which today operates globally, with studios in Accra, London, and New York taking on projects that span the globe. The firm’s work ranges from private houses, bespoke furniture collections, product design, exhibitions, and temporary pavilions to major arts centers, civic buildings, and master plans. His largest project to date, The National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, DC opened on the National Mall in Washington DC in 2016 and was named Cultural Event of the Year by The New York Times.

In 2017, Adjaye was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and was recognized as one of the 100 most influential people of the year by TIME Magazine… 

He received the 2021 Royal Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects in the UK. The award is one of the highest in the field.

It’s the first time in the award’s 172-year history that it’s been presented to a Black architect.

The judges praised Adiaye as “a singular and timely talent and a strong reminder of the insightful and integrative role of the architect.”


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Congratulations to one of Ghana’s finest exports.


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