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Born in 1966 in Dar-Es-Salam, Tanzania, David Adjaye studied architecture at the Royal College of Art.He has taught at South Bank University and the Royal College of Art, and lectured at various colleges both in the UK and abroad.

Adjaye started a small practice in 1994, quickly establishing a reputation for reconstructing cafes, bars and private homes. In June 2000 he reformed his company as Adjaye/Associates.

The firm has grown to 30 in the last year.Projects include the Elektra House in Whitechapel and the £2 million refurbishment of a penthouse at Kensington Palace Gardens.

In June 2001 Adjaye won the Idea Store competition for two new-build libraries in Tower Hamlets.

This project was selected for the 'NEXT'exhibition at the Venice Biennale 2002.He is also designing the Bernie Grant Centre in Tottenham, a 5,000 sqm village with a 300-seat theatre, performance cafe, dance and theatre studios, enterprise units and a new civic square.

The studio is working on the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo and the new visual arts building for inIVA (Institute for International Visual Arts) and Autograph here in London.

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