Closing Keynote: A Conversation with Sir David Adjaye

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From Architectural Record’s 2020 Innovation Conference
Presented by David Adjaye

Learning Objectives:

  1. Provide examples of projects that were able to bring cultural significance to a community.
  2. Demonstrate the ways in which architecture can be used to bring together disparate parts of a community.
  3. Explain how architecture has been used to demonstrate cultural differences and how to correct that.
  4. Define globalism and explain what role it plays in design and society.


This test is no longer available for credit

The RIBA 2020 Gold Medal winner will talk about his global practice, from museum projects in the U.S. and the Holocaust Memorial in the U.K., to his expanding portfolio in Africa. With a growing practice in Accra, in addition to his offices in New York and London, the Ghanaian-British architect is making major contributions to culture on the continent, with the 5,000-seat National Cathedral of Ghana, the Benin Royal Museum and the Martyrs’ Memorial in Niamey, Niger, among other current works.

Sir David Adjaye OBE is a Ghanaian-British architect who has received international acclaim for his impact on the field. Born in Tanzania to Ghanaian parents, his influences range from contemporary art, music and science to African art forms and the civic life of cities. In 2000, he founded Adjaye Associates, which today operates globally, with offices in Accra, London, and New York and projects spanning across the globe. 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.


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Originally published in October 2020