David Adjaye to be Knighted by the Queen

David Adjaye
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British-Ghanaian architect David Adjaye OBE has been included in the Queen’s New Year’s Honors list.

According to an official statement by The Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood at St. James’s Palace, which administers the awards, Adjaye is to be knighted later this year in recognition of “his contribution to architecture and design” as “one of the leading architects of his generation and a global cultural ambassador for the UK.”

Prestigious projects mentioned in the statement include the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo,  the Whitechapel Idea Store in London, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, and —his largest project to date— the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC, which opened last year.

“I am truly honored and humbled to receive a knighthood by Her Majesty the Queen for my contribution to architecture,” Adjaye is quoted in the same statement published by the architect’s firm Adjaye Associates. “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.”

The architect, who is turning 50 this year, will be knighted on the  Queen’s official birthday in June.