David Adjaye

November

Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C. | image courtesy of Adjaye Associates

Click for more images | Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C. | image courtesy of Adjaye Associates

Current Work
David Adjaye
Adjaye Associates
Moderated by Gregg Pasquarelli

1.5 AIA and New York State CEUs
This lecture is co-sponsored by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union.

Each year The Architectural League in its Current Work program presents the work of significant international figures who powerfully influence contemporary architectural practice and shape the future of the built environment.  David Adjaye will present his work in a public lecture to be followed by a conversation with moderator Gregg Pasquarelli.

David Adjaye founded the practice Adjaye Associates in London in 2000, and has since expanded the office to the United States, Germany, and Ghana. Engaging issues of place and identity, Adjaye Associates, in its own words, seeks to create “buildings [that] belong to yet diverge from their contexts, absorbing and animating difference rather than homogenizing it.” Sensitivity to materials, color, shape, and light informs the work on all scales.  The office’s projects range from pavilion and exhibition design, the Dirty House residence, and the Idea Store/Whitechapel Road educational and information center in London to two neighborhood libraries in Washington, D.C., the Sugar Hill social housing scheme in New York, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. Adjaye Associates is currently designing the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Adjaye, a frequent collaborator with artists such as Chris Ofili, James Turrell, Julie Mehretu, and Olafur Eliasson, recently co-authored Authoring: Re-placing Art and Architecture with Marc McQuade. Among numerous awards and recognitions, Adjaye is a RIBA Chartered Member, an AIA Honorary Fellow, and a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Gregg Pasquarelli is a founding principal at SHoP Architects and SHoP Construction, and is a member of the League’s Board of Directors.

Adjaye Associates–Dirty House, London, UK. | photo: Lyndon Douglas

Adjaye Associates–Dirty House, London, UK. | photo: Lyndon Douglas

Adjaye Associates–Elektra House, London, UK. | photo: Lyndon Douglas

Adjaye Associates–Elektra House, London, UK. | photo: Lyndon Douglas

Adjaye Associates–Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library, Washington, D.C. | photo: Jeff Sauers

Adjaye Associates–Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library, Washington, D.C. | photo: Jeff Sauers

Adjaye Associates–Idea Store/Whitechapel Road, London, UK. | photo: Edmund Sumner

Adjaye Associates–Idea Store/Whitechapel Road, London, UK. | photo: Edmund Sumner

Adjaye Associates–Moscow School of Management, Moscow, Russia. | photo: Ed Reeve

Adjaye Associates–Moscow School of Management, Moscow, Russia. | photo: Ed Reeve

Adjaye Associates–Museum of Contemporary Arts Denver, Denver, CO. | photo: Lyndon Douglas

Adjaye Associates–Museum of Contemporary Arts Denver, Denver, CO. | photo: Lyndon Douglas

Adjaye Associates–Rivington Place, London, UK. | photo: Lyndon Douglas

Adjaye Associates–Rivington Place, London, UK. | photo: Lyndon Douglas

Adjaye Associates–Stephen Lawrence Centre, London, UK. | photo: Lyndon Douglas

Adjaye Associates–Stephen Lawrence Centre, London, UK. | photo: Lyndon Douglas

Adjaye Associates–William O. Lockridge Bellevue Library, Washington, D.C. | photo: Edmund Sumner

Adjaye Associates–William O. Lockridge Bellevue Library, Washington, D.C. | photo: Edmund Sumner

Time & Place
Thursday, November 21, 2013
7:00 p.m.
The Great Hall
The Cooper Union
7 East 7th Street
Tickets
Tickets are free for League members; $15 for non-members. Members may reserve a ticket by e-mailing: rsvp@archleague.org. Member tickets will be held at the check-in desk; unclaimed tickets will be released fifteen minutes after the start of the program. Non-members may purchase tickets here, beginning November 14.
Support
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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