British-Ghanaian architect David Adjaye OBE has been included in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list in the UK.
The architect’s projects include the Dirty House and Stephen Lawrence Centre in London. He has also recently completed one of the most important projects of his career, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC.
According to an official statement by The Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood at St. James’s Palace, which administers the awards, Adjaye is to be knighted later this year in recognition of “his contribution to architecture and design” as “one of the leading architects of his generation and a global cultural ambassador for the UK.”
Adjaye said he is "honoured and humbled" to be chosen for the award, having already been named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2007.
"I see this not as a personal celebration, but as a celebration of the vast potential – and responsibility – for architecture to effect positive social change, that we as architects have to bring something positive to the world," he said.
"I am proud to continue to work in service of this mission as a global cultural ambassador for the UK."
The architect, who is turning 50 this year, will be knighted on the Queen’s official birthday in June.