David Adjaye, the London-based architect, was awarded ‘Designer of the Year’ by Design Miami. As part of his recognition, he was commissioned by the Design Miami organisation to present an installation for the 2011 fair.
As a result Adjaye conceived Genesis, an installation that was installed in an outdoor area at the entrance of Design Miami’s temporary structure leading visitors into the fair’s courtyard space upon arrival.
Famed British architect David Adjaye was named Designer of the Year at this year’s Design Miami – and quite rightly so. The 45-year-old has already been named an OBE by the Queen, designed the $500 million National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C., as well as being commissioned to design the homes of Jake Chapman, Juergen Teller and Ewan McGregor. Crane.tv catches up with Adjaye at Miami’s Wolfsonian museum to discuss what the award means to him, and why he’ll always draw inspiration from his heritage.