With the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) as a backdrop, David Adjaye talks about the importance of heritage, history and culture.
In April 2009, a design competition jury selected the Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup as the museum’s architectural and engineering team. The team consists of four firms brought together for this unique project: The Freelon Group, Adjaye Associates, Davis Brody Bond and SmithGroup. The Freelon Group will be the architect of record and Philip G. Freelon, FAIA, will serve as the design guarantor, making sure the design reflects the values and priorities of the museum and the Smithsonian. The Ghanaian-born architect David Adjaye, with offices in Berlin, London and New York, is the lead designer.
Crane.tv on the interview:
David Adjaye, the British architect chosen to design Washington DC’s Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, is currently one of the UK’s most successful talents. This year he topped the PowerList 2013, naming him Britain’s most influential black figure, coming in ahead of Olympic star Mo Farah and actor Idris Elba. The award, he says, is a double edged sword. In this film Adjaye reflects on its significance and and as a result explores wider themes of history heritage and culture within the arts.