igned on as master planner for the anticipated Hunters Point Shipyard project phase two, British-Ghanaian architect David Adjaye, principal of Adjaye Associates, will add another esteemed plume to his cap—knighthood. The noted architect was named Knight Bachelor at Queen Elizabeth II’s annual New Year’s Honors.
The sovereign ruler bestowed Adjaye with the OBE recognition, according to the Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood at St. James's Palace, for being “one of the leading architects of his generation and a global cultural ambassador for the U.K.”
Regarding said honor, Adjaye said:
“I am truly honoured and humbled to receive a knighthood by Her Majesty the Queen for my contribution to architecture. 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.”
Last year, Adjaye talked to Curbed SF about the Hunters Point project underway. “The city’s north is beautifully served with urban spaces, but then down south it just goes off,” he said, adding, “We want to make a more natural looking edge to the bay. I’d like for this to be more than just a neighborhood. I’d like for it to be a gathering place for everyone who lives in the south.”
The Shipyard redevelopment project, where, among other things, two-bedroom condos will run in the $500K-$600K range, is one of many victories for the 50-year-old architect. He also helmed the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History & Culture on Washington D.C.’s National Mall.
- Inside the new National Museum of African American History and Culture [Curbed]
- Shipyard architect David Adjaye wants “more natural” Hunters Point [Curbed SF]
- David Adjaye Is Receiving a Knighthood from the Queen [Architectural Digest]
- David Adjaye to be Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II [Arch Daily]