- Ghanaian-British starchitect, Sir David Adjaye, has been named the recipient of the 2021 Royal Gold Medal
- The honour, approved by Her Majesty The Queen, has been announced in a statement by The Royal Institute of British Architects
- Sir Adjaye previously received the Order of the British Empire (OBE) award and a knighthood for his service to architecture
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Renowned Ghanaian-British architect, Sir David Adjaye, has been named the recipient of the 2021 Royal Gold Medal by The Royal Institute of British Architects.
The Royal Gold Medal is one of the highest accolades in the field.
In recognition of his exceptional body of work spanning over 25-years, the judges described Adjaye as ''a singular and timely talent and a strong reminder of the insightful and integrative role of the architect.''
The award marks the first in the establishment's 173-year history that a Black architect has received the honour.
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Adjaye joins the ranks of Royal Gold recipients that includes Frank Lloyd Wright (1941), Kenzō Tange (1965), Charles and Ray Eames (1979), Rem Koolhaas (2004) and Zaha Hadid (2016).
''It's incredibly humbling and a great honour to have my peers recognize the work I have developed with my team and its contribution to the field over the past 25 years,'' he said in a statement.
He added that architecture, for him, has always been about the creation of beauty to edify people throughout the world equally and to contribute to the evolution of the craft.
Sir Adjaye, aged 54, has created stunning unique homes, commercial properties, product designs, exhibition spaces, and major art centres that are among the world's most striking buildings.
Meanwhile, Sir David Adjaye previously received an OBE in 2007 and a knighthood for services to architecture in Queen Elizabeth's biannual honours list in 2017.
The architecture virtuoso sat for an interview recently with Asaase Radio's Nana Yaa Mensah.
Despite his economically deprived background and struggle with stigma due to a minor disability, he has defeated the odds, bagging a degree in Automobile Engineering.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with YEN.com.gh, Asah disclosed he had a rough childhood because he had to deal with stigma from society due to the disability.
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