Ghanaian architect receives UK’s highest honour for architecture; becomes 1st Black in 173 years

Ghanaian architect receives UK’s highest honour for architecture; becomes 1st Black in 173 years

- Sir David Adjaye, a Ghanaian-British architect has received UK’s highest honour for architecture

- This becomes the first time in 173 years since the award was instituted that a Black person received it

- One of Adjaye's works is the Lost House in London’s Kings Cross neighbourhood, which has no exterior windows

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A Ghanaian-British architect, who is identified by the name Sir David Adjaye, has been announced as the recipient of the 2021 royal gold medal, the UK’s highest honour for architecture.

In a Twitter post sighted by YEN.com.gh on the official handle of PropertyCohort, it is indicated that this becomes the first time in the 173-year history of the medal that it was won by a Black individual.

Sir David Adjaye has made the entire country of Ghana, the continent of Africa and the Black race proud with his singular achievement.

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According to architecturaldigest.com, one of Adjaye's works is the Lost House in London’s Kings Cross neighbourhood, which has no exterior windows.

It only has a series of light wells that flood the home with sunlight that bounces off the black resin floors.

The judges reportedly praised Adiaye as:

“a singular and timely talent and a strong reminder of the insightful and integrative role of the architect."

The guardian.com mentions that the Ghanaian architect is currently building one of the strangest high-rise towers Manhattan has ever seen, in the form of a dark, glowering stack of rugged concrete arches piled high towards the clouds.

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