The investiture ceremony was performed by the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London on Friday. Adjaye who was born in Tanzania to a Ghanaian diplomat father was recently named among the 100 most influential personalities in the world by the Times Magazine. He graduated from the Royal College of Art has notable works including the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
In a statement, the Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood at St. James’s Palace said:
“David Adjaye is recognised for his contribution to architecture and design. He is one of the leading architects of his generation and a global cultural ambassador for the UK.” Adjaye said he was humbled and honoured to receive the award. “I am truly honoured and humbled to receive a knighthood by Her Majesty the Queen for my contribution to architecture.
I see this not as a personal celebration, but as a celebration of the vast potential – and responsibility – for architecture to effect positive social change. that we as architects have to bring something positive to the world. I am proud to continue to work in service of this mission as a global cultural ambassador for the UK,” he said. The knighthood follows two previous royal awards received by David Adjaye – the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours in October 2016 and an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2007.
Congratulations to architect David Adjaye who has been awarded with a Knighthood for his services to architecture.
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 12, 2017