Cultural Architecture: David Adjaye

In an Australian exclusive, hear internationally renowned architect Sir David Adjaye OBE give a lecture on his practice, the process of how he works and his innovative approaches to architecture in the cultural landscape before an conversation with NSW Government Architect, Peter Poulet.

With over 30 years’ experience Peter’s award-winning projects have spanned private and public works in Australia and overseas. Peter and Sir David will discuss their thoughts about architecture as well as Sir David’s key and current projects.

Architecture is increasingly recognised as a change agent on a societal scale, transforming public spaces, the very cities we live in and our collective cultural lives. As founder and principal architect of Adjaye Associates, David is the designer of many highly celebrated cultural spaces including the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo, the Whitechapel Idea Store London, and Smithsonian Institute, the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington. He is not only a leading architect but also frequently collaborates with contemporary artists on art and installation projects, has had his own solo exhibitions, is collected by major institutions and has a long history of teaching and publishing.

Sir David Adjaye OBE

An architectural prodigy, the British-Ghanaian architect recently turned 50 but has already amassed an impressively long list of designs across the world. Adjaye was the Lead Designer behind the new addition to the Smithsonian Institution, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which President Barack Obama opened in September 2016. Thirteen years in the making, the highly anticipated Museum fills the last available space on the National Mall in Washington DC.

Following his OBE award in 2007, Her Majesty the Queen knighted him in 2016 for services to architecture. A prolific designer of public spaces David has designed numerous museums, libraries, arts centres and community spaces.

Presented by the Centre for STEAM.

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