Architects honoured: knighthood for Adjaye and award for Aravena


British architect David Adjaye is to become Sir David Adjaye after receiving a knighthood for services to architecture in the New Year’s Honours 2017.

Adjaye, 50, will receive the Knight Bachelor award as part of Queen ElizabethII’s biannual honours programme, which recognises the “achievements and service of extraordinary people across the United Kingdom”.

The Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood described Adjaye (pictured right) as “one of the leading architects of his generation and a global cultural ambassador for the UK”.

The architect – famed for projects including the Dirty House and Stephen Lawrence Centre – has just completed one of the most important projects of his career, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC.

His firm, Adjaye Associates, is currently working on a major new art museum in the Latvian capital Riga and a children’s cancer treatment centre in Rwanda.

Adjaye said he is “honoured and humbled” to be chosen for the award.

“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,” he said.

“I am proud to continue to work in service of this mission as a global cultural ambassador for the UK.”

For his research into urban planning, London School of Economics professor Richard Burdett is awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), as is fashion and accessories designer Anya Hindmarch. Other architecture and design figures on the honours list include AECOM director Peter Wilson, and Terry Jones, founder of i-D magazine.

Also recognised recently was Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena (pictured left) selected as one of “28 creative geniuses who defined culture in 2016” by the New York Times.

He is one of three architects selected by the publication alongside the duo of European Postmodernism Trix and Robert Haussmann.