2016 was an eventful and exciting year for us around the globe: In Washington, our largest project to date – the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History & Culture, opened on the National Mall and was inaugurated by President Barack Obama. Named ‘cultural event of the year’ by the New York Times and ‘Best Architecture of 2016’ by the Wall Street Journal, the museum was the result of eight years of intensive work and the culmination of a 100-year fight to tell the African American story.
In London, we transformed the Morning Lane rail arches into Hackney’s new fashion destination, revealed plans for the 5 Strand mixed-use scheme adjacent to the iconic Trafalgar square and were shortlisted in the UK Holocaust Memorial competition. In Europe, we were commissioned the design of Latvia’s first Museum of Contemporary Art. Back in the US, we launched our first large scale urban masterplan, the San Francisco Shipyard redevelopment, and were one of seven firms selected to submit designs for the Obama Presidential Centre.
We launched two new books - ‘Adjaye Africa Architecture’ and ‘David Adjaye Constructed Narratives’ - and a special edition vinyl with Peter Adjaye called ‘Dialogues’. And to top it all off, David was awarded the prestigious London Design Medal and the Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts and was honoured by the Queen for her 90th Birthday.
2017 promises to be even bigger, and we look forward to sharing it with you! Happy New Year!