Rolex has announced four new mentors and protégés for the prestigious Rolex Arts Initiative. In the architecture category, Sir David Adjaye was selected as mentor and Niger-based architect Mariam Kamara will be his protégée in 2018-2019. The Ghana-born British architect Sir David Adjaye is renowned for major projects worldwide such as the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, in Washington DC. He heads the firm Adjaye Associates. Mariam Kamara, 38, is founder and Principal of atelier masōmī. Rolex describes Kamara as an architect "dedicated to designing spaces and structures that respond to the needs of people in her homeland, Niger, and all of Africa." In keeping with its tradition of supporting individual excellence, the Rolex Arts Initiative is meant to give emerging artists time to learn, create and grow. This year, the 2018-2019 program will run for an extended period of two years to give protégés more time to work with their mentors. In the previous years, this program has lasted for 12 months.
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