Sir David Adjaye received his award from Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, as part of the Queen's biannual honours programme, at an official Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace on 12 May 2017.
“I am deeply honoured and delighted to have received a knighthood for my contribution to architecture, and absolutely thrilled to be recognised for a role that I consider a pleasure to be able to undertake. I would like to thank Her Majesty the Queen for this incredible privilege, which I see as a celebration of the potential architecture has to effect positive social change,” said Sir David.
The knighthood follows two previous royal awards received by Sir David – the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours and an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2007.
The principal of Adjaye Associates joins only a handful of architects to have been knighted – among them Norman Foster (1990), Richard Rodgers (1991), Michael Hopkins (1995), Nicholas Grimshaw (2002), Peter Cook (2007) and David Chipperfield (2010).