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Jun 28, 2011

New Kid On The Design Block

David Adjaye is the wunderkind of the architecture world. Historically a field heavily occupied by older white males, the 44 year old British architect of Ghanaian descent has taken the design world by storm.

His body of work is varied and spans across the world. He has designed the Noble Peace Center in Oslo, the Moscow School of Management, and the home of a Noble Peace Prize winner in Ghana. Already making a name for himself in the UK by designing homes, galleries and studios for a number of British artists as well as public buildings, Adjaye’s popularity in the US has been growing feverishly.

He completed projects for Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation by designing flood-resistant houses and has designed Denver’s Museum of Contemporary Art. His current, and likely his most important project is designing the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, DC.

In addition to his architectural accomplishments, Adjaye can add author to the list. David Adjaye: A House for an Art Collector ($32) documents his Manhattan residential project for art enthusiasts and collector Adam Lindenmann and Amalia Dayan. With vibrant photographs, essays, floor plans and conversations between the designer and homeowner, the book offers a glimpse into Adjaye’s process for creating a balanced space that could be comfortably lived in while showcasing art - however you define it.

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