David Adjaye

David Adjaye OBE (born 1966 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania ) is a British architect.


The parents of David Adjaye come from Ghana. He grew up in Cairo and Saudi Arabia, he lives and works in London. He studied at the London Middlesex, on the South Bank University and the Master of the Royal College of Art

He worked at Chassay Architects, Pentagram, David Chipperfield and the Portuguese Eduardo Souta de Moura.

In 1994 he founded with William Russell 's office Adjaye and Russell. He designed exhibitions, cafes and shops. In 2000, he split from Russell.

Today, he has an office in Hoxton and more in Berlin and New York with over 30 employees. All designs are by Adjaye. He built 2002 " Idea Stores " for the city libraries in the East End and designed in 2002, the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo as part of a master plan by Rem Koolhaas.

Adjaye was nominated to the Whitechapel Idea Store for the Stirling Prize in 2006.

He currently teaches at the prestigious Architectural Association in London.

Important projects (selection)

  • Elektra House, London, 1998-2000
  • Dirty House, London, 2001-2002
  • Whitechapel Idea Store, London, 2001-2005
  • Nobel Peace Center, Oslo, 2002-2005
  • T-B A21 Olafur Eliasson Pavilion, Venice, 2005
  • Museum for Contemporary Art, Denver, 2006-2008
  • Wakefield Market Hall, 2008


  • Washington Skin Nylon Chair for Knoll International and Washington Skeleton Chair for the 75th anniversary of the company in 2013.