British architect Sir David Adjaye, founder and principal of Adjaye Associates, is this year’s recipient of the Louis I. Kahn Memorial Award presented by the Center for Architecture and Design in Philadelphia. The annual award celebrates the achievements of an individual who has made a significant contribution to the field of architecture, while also celebrating the achievements of the renowned Estonian-born and Philadelphia-bred architect Louis Kahn. Past recipients of the prestigious award include Bjarke Ingels, Norman Foster, Peter Bohlin, Daniel Libeskind, Robert A.M. Stern, Rafael Viñoly and César Pelli.
Adjaye will receive the 33rd edition of the award as a recognition of his artistic vision and ingenious use of materials. His most notable projects include the $540 million Smithsonian Institute National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC, which opened in 2016 to global critical acclaim. Other ongoing projects include the National Cathedral in Ghana.
The award ceremony will take place at the University of Pennsylvania’s Irvine Auditorium on May 3, 2018, with the exhibition opening at the Center for Architecture and Design on the same day. In receiving the award, Adjaye will be invited to deliver a talk and exhibition about his work, exploring his designs through sketches, videos, photography, and material samples.