Now in its fourteenth year, TIME 100 recognizes the world’s most significant individuals. As TIME Editor-in-Chief Nancy Gibbs has said: “Each year our TIME 100 list lets us step back and measure the forces that move us… One way or another they each embody a breakthrough: they broke the rules, broke the record, broke the silence, broke the boundaries to reveal what we're capable of.”
Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem, described Adjaye as “one of the great architectural visionaries of our time” in a piece for TIME. “His work—deeply rooted in both the present moment and the complex context of history—has envisioned new ways for culture to be represented and reflected in the built environment. Nowhere is this more evident than in his recent triumph on the National Mall. Every architect has to contend with gravity—but when David designed the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the challenges of that elemental force went far beyond the ordinary,” wrote Golden.
“Having the opportunity to design the National Museum of African American History and Culture has been one of the greatest honours of my career. To be included on this list is a testament to the power of this institution and its wide-reaching resonance. I am truly humbled,” said Adjaye.
The full list appears in the May 1, 2017 issue of TIME and at time.com/time100