Thursday, July 26, 2007

On View

David Adaye: Making Public Building is currently at the Studio Museum in Harlem thru October 28. David Adjaye of Adjaye Associates, architect of the Idea Store (top photo), was born in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to Ghanaian diplomats. Since completing his studies at the Royal College of Art in 1993, the London-based architect and theorist has built or won ten public commissions, at an age before many architects have built a single structure. His projects range from private residences in London and Nanjing, China, to public commissions, such as the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway. Each building exhibits a myriad of global influences, such as west African sculptural forms and electronic music. Though celebrated internationally by architecture critics for his conceptual approach to building design, Adjaye is relatively unknown in the United States.