David Adjaye Named 2011 Designer of the Year for Design Miami

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Ladybrille Magazine congratulates Architect David Adjaye who has just been named, 2011 Designer of the Year for Design Miami!

“David Adjaye OBE (born 1966) is a British architect.

David Adjaye was born in Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania, where his father was a Ghanaian diplomat. He trained with David Chipperfield Architects and Eduardo Souto De Moura Architects, and graduated in 1993 from the Royal College of Art. In the same year he won the RIBA First Prize Bronze Medal. He started his own practice in 1994 called Adjaye Architects.

He lives and works in London, and has an international reputation. His offices are in North London, New York and Belgium.

In 2006 he was nominated for the Stirling Prize for his Whitechapel Idea Store in London. He also collaborated with artist Olafur Eliasson to create a light installation: Your black horizon at the Venice Biennale. He worked with Chris Ofili to create an environment for the Upper Room, now owned by Tate Britain.”

“The jury has spoken! Internationally renowned architect and designer David Adjaye will be celebrated at this year’s Design Miami/ as – you guessed it – the 2011 Designer of the Year. Adjaye joins an elite club whose past honorees include: Zaha Hadid, Marc Newson, Tokujin Yoshioka, the Campana Brothers, Maarten Baas and Konstantin Grcic.

“Winning Designer of the Year is huge for me,” says David Adjaye. “To win an award like this from the design community is really significant because so much of my work is about crossing platforms.” David will show us exactly what he means when he says “crossing platforms” with his Award commission which will be unveiled at Design Miami/ in December.”

Read the full story on Design Miami’s blog.


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