Renowned Ghanaian-British architect, David Adjaye, has been honoured with a knighthood for his services to architecture, as part of Queen Elizabeth’s biannual honours programme.
Adjaye received his award from Prince William, Duke of Cambridge at the official ceremony held at Buckingham Palace.
Commenting on the knighthood, Adjaye said he was “deeply honoured and delighted to have received a knighthood for my contribution to architecture, and absolutely thrilled to be recognized for a role that I consider a pleasure to be able to undertake.”
“I would like to thank Her Majesty the Queen for this incredible privilege, which I see as a celebration of the potential architecture has to effect positive social change.”
The past 12 months saw Adjaye make history with the opening of his Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. He is also working on the Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghana National Museum on Slavery and Freedom and a new home for the Studio Museum in Harlem.
In an official statement The Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood at St. James’s Palace said:
“Adjaye is recognized for his contribution to architecture and design. He is one of the leading architects of his generation and a global cultural ambassador for the UK. His designs include the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo in the shell of a disused railway station and the Whitechapel Idea Store in London where he also pioneered a new approach to the provision of information services as well as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver and numerous private commissions. His most recent major achievement was the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC.”