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David Adjaye 

PRINCIPAL, ADJAYE ASSOCIATES

The Anglo-Ghanaian architect isn’t just creating buildings; he’s trying to imagine a new cultural order. With offices in New York, London, Berlin, and Accra, the 49-year-old infuses European Modernism with African motifs, then reverses that flow to reveal how African culture influenced Modernist design, producing a rich and varied architecture that feels truly global. The next year or so could prove his annus mirabilis: He’s the curator of a “Selects” show at New York’s Cooper-Hewitt (on view from June 19 through Feb. 7, 2016); the exhibition “Making Place: The Architecture of David Adjaye,” curated by Okwui Enwezor and Zoë Ryan, opens at the Art Institute of Chicago on Sept. 19 (through Jan. 3, 2016); and the Smithsonian Museum of African American History that his firm is designing in Washington, D.C., is slated for completion next year.

 

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