Born in Tanzania, David Adjaye (b. 1966) is rapidly emerging as a
major international figure in architecture and design—and this stunning
catalogue serves only to cement his role as one of the most important
architects of our time. His expanding portfolio of important civic
architecture, public buildings, and urban planning commissions spans
Europe, the United States, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. He
transforms complex ideas and concepts into approachable and innovative
structures that respond to the geographical, ecological, technological,
engineering, economic, and cultural systems that shape the practice of
global architecture. The publication of this compendium of work and
essays coincides with the scheduled opening of Adjaye’s National Museum
of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in
Washington, D.C. Adjaye’s completed work in the United States includes
the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, a pair of public libraries in
D.C., and several private residences. He is also known for his
collaborations with artists, most recently with the British painter
Chris Ofili (b. 1968).
Following an introduction by Zoë Ryan,
Adjaye writes on his current and future work, with subsequent essays by
an extraordinary cadre of architectural scholars on Adjaye’s master
plans and urban planning, transnational architecture, monuments and
memorials, and, finally, the forthcoming museum in D.C. Portfolios of
Adjaye’s work thread throughout this comprehensive volume.
Okwui Enwezor is director of Haus der Kunst, Munich, and director of the Visual Arts Sector of the 56th Venice Biennale. Zoë Ryan is John H. Bryan Chair and Curator of Architecture and Design at the Art Institute of Chicago. Peter Allison is a London-based writer and curator, and editor of several publications on David Adjaye’s work.