The Royal Academy of Arts has appointed award-winning architect Sir David Adjaye to join its esteemed group of new Royal Academicians, following a recent General Assembly.
“Sir David Adjaye is recognised as a leading architect of his generation,” said the RA upon the appointment. “His broadly ranging influences, ingenious use of materials and sculptural ability have established him as an architect with an artist’s sensibility and vision.”
The Tanzanian-born architect is founder of Adjaye Associates, with offices in London, New York and Accra. The practice has won many prestigious commissions, including the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo (2005) and the Idea Stores in London (2005). The architect’s largest ever project, the $540 million Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in National Mall in Washington DC opened in Autumn 2016 has been named Cultural Event of the Year by the New York Times. Adjaye’s numerous awards include an OBE for services to architecture in 2007 and a knighthood for services to architecture in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.
Adjaye has also just been included in the 2017 Time 100 List – the only architect to make an appearance this year.
Christopher Le Brun, President of the Royal Academy said, “David Adjaye joins us at a time when the Royal Academy architects currently comprise a more distinguished group than at any time in its long history.”
Founded in 1768, The Royal Academy is led by 80 Royal Academicians, all of which are practising architects or artists. Then at the age of 75 they become Senior Academicians, which then leaves space for new academicians to join.
Artists Gilbert & George were also awarded a Royal Academicians position alongside Adjaye. This is the first time in the RA’s history that two people have been elected as one artist member.