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David Adjaye elected as Royal Academician

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David Adjaye has been elected to join the Royal Academy of Arts as a Royal Academician, following a recent general assembly meeting

In the same meeting, artist duo Gilbert & George were also made academicians – the first time two people have been elected as one artist member. 

As a Royal Academician, Adjaye will support the Royal Academy’s activities, help steer its vision and plan for the future.

The art institution in London’s Piccadilly has a maximum of 80 Royal Academicians at any one time. Of these there must be at least 12 architects, 14 sculptors and eight printmakers, with the remainder being painters.

He joins architects Farshid Moussavi, Chris Wilkinson, Peter Cook, Edward Cullinan, Eric Parry, Ian Ritchie, Richard Rogers, Alan Stanton, Louisa Hutton, Will Alsop, Ron Arad, Gordon Benson, Trevor Dannatt, Spencer de Grey, Norman Foster, Piers Gough, Nicholas Grimshaw, Michael Hopkins, Eva Jiricna, Paul Koralek and David Chipperfield.  

Christopher Le Brun, president of the Royal Academy, said: ‘Adjaye joins us at a time when the Royal Academy architects currently comprise a more distinguished group than at any time in its long history.’

Adjaye was recognised for his services to architecture in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list when he was awarded a knighthood. 

Adjaye’s notable designs include the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo, the Whitechapel Idea Store in London, and the recently completed $540 million Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC. The latter was completed last year and is Adjaye’s largest project to date.

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  • I was reading the list of architect academicians in this article and was thinking that they've missed Leonard Manasseh out! Oldest academician ever at 100 years. But then it dawned that he passed away the week before last... Hope the AJ can honour him with a fitting tribute?
    I even remember Richard Rogers once telling me that when he was a student, Leonard took him to draw perspectives at his seminal modernist Rutherford School (now King Solomon Academy) in Westminster. RIP

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