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Panerai London Design Medal: David Adjaye


The 2016 Panerai London Design Medal was awarded to David Adjaye. The Panerai London Design Medal is awarded to an individual who has distinguished themselves within the industry and demonstrated consistent design excellence. “David Adjaye is a leading British architect and designer. He is an inspiration for the younger generation.”

David Adjaye was born in Tanzania to Ghanaian parents. He graduated with a BA from the London South Bank University, before accomplishing an MA in Architecture from the Royal College of Art in 1993.

Adjaye later taught at the Royal College of Art, and held professorships at the universities of Pennsylvania, Yale and Princeton. He first set-up his studio in 1994 and Adjaye Associates now has four international offices, with projects across the world. One of his largest projects was the Moscow School of Management with a budget of £160 million. His influences range from contemporary art, music and science to African art forms and the civic life of cities. His work spans from master planning, retail & commercial buildings, cultural institutions, and residential buildings, to hospitals and more recently furniture.

Adjaye Associates believes that architecture presents opportunities for transformation – materially, conceptually and sociologically. Driven by the desire to enrich and improve daily life, the practice’s buildings are designed to meet the diverse needs of the communities they serve. Inspiration is drawn from many influences around the world and the work clearly articulates this enthusiasm for issues of place and identity. The emphasis on light, a distinctive material and colour palette, the play between positive and negative and the ability to turn constraints into compelling narratives, are critical themes.

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