Architect picks up gong for services to architecture

David Adjaye was knighted last week for his services to architecture as part of the Queen’s biannual honours programme.

The British Ghanaian architect received his award from Prince William, Duke of Cambridge at an official Investiture ceremony held at Buckingham Palace.

The knighthood follows two previous royal awards he received – the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours in October 2016 and an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2007.

Adjaye said: “I am deeply honoured and delighted to have received a knighthood for my contribution to architecture, and absolutely thrilled to be recognised for a role that I consider a pleasure to be able to undertake.

“I would like to thank Her Majesty the Queen for this incredible privilege, which I see as a celebration of the potential architecture has to effect positive social change.”

He joins only a handful of architects to have been knighted – among them Norman Foster (1990), Richard Rogers (1991), Michael Hopkins (1995), Nicholas Grimshaw (2002), Peter Cook (2007) and David Chipperfield (2010).