Born in 1966 in Tanzania, Sir David Frank Adjaye, as the son of a Ghanian diplomat lived in Tanzania, Egypt, Yemen and Lebanon before moving to Britain at the age of nine. After graduating from London South Bank University in 1990, David would go on to work in several architectural studios before heading his eponymously named studio, Adjaye Associates.
Adjaye Associates was established in June 2000 by founder and principal architect, Sir David Adjaye OBE. Receiving ever-increasing worldwide attention, the firm has offices in London, New York and completed work in Europe, North America, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. Two of the practice’s largest commissions to date are the design of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington D.C. and the Moscow School of Management (SKOLKOVO).
Further projects range in scale from private houses, exhibitions, and temporary pavilions to major arts centres, civic buildings, and masterplans. Renowned for an eclectic material and colour palette and a capacity to offer a rich civic experience, the buildings differ in form and style, yet are unified by their ability to generate new typologies and to reference a wide cultural discourse.
Cinematographer: Fabrice Parent
Camera Assistant: Jesper Rey
Sound: Lucas Colle
Edit: Frederik Vandewalle
Sound edit: Gregory Caron
Grading: Kene Illegems
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