Architect David Adjaye gained early recognition for a series of unique London homes he designed for well-known art clients from the early 90s into the early 2000s which include Alexander McQueen, Ewan McGregor, and Juergen Teller. Since then, Adjaye has developed a robust portfolio of distinctive architectural works in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. His buildings range from arts and cultural organizations to complex urban developments. All of his projects deal with the political, economic, cultural, and social complexities of contemporary civic life.
Adjaye was born in 1966 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to Ghanaian parents. He spend his childhood in Africa and the Middle East, where his father was stationed as a diplomat. In 1979, his family relocated to the UK permanently. Adjaye began his education at Southbank University when he earned his BA and then the Royal College of Art in London, which he graduated with an MA in 1993.
The same year that Adjaye graduated, he won the RIBA bronze medal. He currently has offices in London, New York, Berlin, and Ghana. Since opening his own practice in London in 2000, Adjaye has avoided adhering to a signal style. Adjaye likes to include a fusion of artisanal craft with highly refined use of unusual materials. His recent work includes the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo, and the Skolkovo Moscow School of Management. Adjaye is also a Visiting Professor at Princeton University School of Architecture.