Sir David Adjaye

Adjaye Associates

Born to Ghanaian parents in Tanzania, architect David Adjaye was knighted in Britain not long after I interviewed him for Steel Profile magazine, in May 2014 at the AIA conference in Perth. Adjaye has an astoundingly deep knowledge of African cities and it was a joy to listen to him speak about how climate and geography influence buildings on that continent. His observations and deep interest in the characteristics of place are evident in his approach to design: every project responds to the unique qualities of its location, whether it's in Moscow, Washington or Beijing. You can read the story here.


“I’m fundamentally interested in the way that

specificity-to-geography and climate can create

meaning and reason in architecture,” Adjaye says.


Portrait photography by Peter Bennetts