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David Adjaye pays tribute to Max Bond

David Adjaye has honoured the illustrious African-American architect Max Bond, who died on 18 February

Max Bond

American architect Max Bond

‘He was a role model for me,’ said Adjaye who was working with Max Bond at the time of his death. ‘[I] was a big fan of what he stood for; his tireless campaigning for the inclusion and recognition of architects from the diaspora.

‘He’s left an incredible legacy for architects like myself to carry on and keep pushing for other generations.’

Bond, who died aged 73, was in charge of designs for the museum at the September 11 memorial at Ground Zero in New York. He also lectured at Colombia University.

At the time of his death, Bond’s practice was collaborating with Adjaye on a competition entry for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Working together was ‘a real honour’ said Adjaye, who saluted Bond’s ‘generous and collaborative spirit’.

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