David Adjaye has been named among Time magazine‘s 100 most influential people of 2017 – and is the only architect to make the list. The accolade follows a momentous year for the Adjaye Associates founder, who recently turned 50.
In a citation written by Thelma Golden, director and chief curator of the Adjaye-designed Studio Museum in Harlem, the architect is described as “one of the great architectural visionaries of our time”.
“His work – deeply rooted in both the present moment and the complex context of history – has envisioned new ways for culture to be represented and reflected in the built environment,” said Golden. “Nowhere is this more evident than in his recent triumph on the National Mall,” she continued.
Adjaye said he was ‘truly humbled’ to be among them. “Having the opportunity to design the National Museum of African American History and Culture has been one of the greatest honours of my career,” he said.