One of the most influential architects of our time, Sir David Adjaye will end the debate programme of Fórum do Futuro, in a session alongside the architect Graça Correia in which he will discuss the importance of the history and identity of each place in his architectural practice, which is recurrently linked to the cultures and diaspora of the African continent.
David Adjaye was born in Tanzania, to Ghanaian parents, at a time when several African countries were emerging from colonial rule and building new identities on the continent. He spent his early years living in various African cities, which became a defining experience for his career and made him view architecture as the physical manifestation of social change - an emancipatory form that builds communities. At the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, Adjaye’s largest project to date, six centuries of history are represented in the building’s crown shape and façade, paying tribute to the ironwork of African-American artisans, as well as in its interior structure, which is a formal metaphor of overcoming, emancipation, and celebration. In this conversation, the architect will discuss his processes, motivations, and influences, as well as his current and future projects, which include the first Ghana Pavilion at this year's Venice Art Biennale, a new museum in Africa dedicated to treasures plundered from Benin, and collaborations with various governments of African countries.