Our own masterplan architect here at The San Francisco Shipyard, David Adjaye, will be knighted in recognition for his services to architecture by Queen Elizabeth II. He will become Sir David Adjaye.
The British-Ghanaian architect has had one phenomenal year as many of his historic projects have been making headlines worldwide. From completing the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History & Culture on the National Mall in Washington D.C in September, to winning the competition to design the first contemporary art museum in Latvia and of course, announcing his involvement here at The San Francisco Shipyard – the knighthood comes at a momentous time for Adjaye.
According to Architectural Digest, “In a statement released last week by the Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood at St. James’ Palace, the group that oversees the award, Adjaye was lauded as ‘one of the leading architects of his generation and a global cultural ambassador for the U.K.’ The Chancery also noted the architect’s global reach, highlighting Adjaye’s groundbreaking works in London, Norway, the U.S., and beyond.”
“I am truly honored and humbled to receive a knighthood by Her Majesty the Queen for my contribution to architecture,” said Adjaye. “I see this not as a personal celebration, but as a celebration of the vast potential – and responsibility – for architecture to effect positive social change. That we as architects have to bring something positive to the world. I am proud to continue to work in service of this mission as a global cultural ambassador for the U.K.”
David Adjaye has also received two royal awards including the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honors in October 2016 and an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2007. The official Investiture ceremony will take place in 2017.
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