The Wall Street Journal has announced David Adjaye as "Architecture Innovator" for 2013. The 47-year old Tanzanian-born and British-educated architect, whose current projects span from affordable housing apartments in Harlem to the African American History and Culture Museum in Washington D.C., "has the unique ability to speak to experiences and to people outside the norms of his profession," delivering his message across cultural boundaries.
Adjaye is from "every where and no where." As the son of a Ghanaian diplomat, he was often oscillating from place to place. With offices now in four cities in three continents, he frequently journeys to new locations, discovering the beauty of unique cultures, eager to connect his architecture with the diverse societies it resides in. "What [I'm] interested in is the psychosocial tension of a surface, a material, how one creates an atmosphere," strengthening a sense of place.
Read the full WSJ article, "Architect David Adjaye's World View."