Ghanaian-British architect David Adjaye has been knighted by the British monarchy, as part of the Queen’s biannual honours program.
Adjaye, a world renowned architect, received the knighthood during a ceremony held at Buckingham’s Palace, with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, officially knighting him.
“David 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.” a statement released on the ceremony said.
“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.” it added.
Adjaye was born in Tanzania to Ghanaian parents in 1966, later moving to Britain with his parents at the age of 9.
“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.” a delighted Adjaye said after receiving his knighthood.