For renowned architect Sir David Adjaye, known for his eclectic material and color palette and capacity to offer a rich civic experience, imagination has always been key. With projects around the world including the Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. and the Moscow School of Management, the London-based architect continues to leave his distinct mark on everything he designs – including our new, concrete wireless bluetooth speaker in black. We sat down with Adjaye to discuss his projects and inspirations below:
What fueled your initial interest in pursuing architecture?
I have had incredible people my entire career who have fueled my interest, from the first person who encouraged me to look at design, to my architecture degree course tutor who still works with me today. Through to industry colleagues who continue to support me.
However what and who initially fueled pursuit of architecture rather than the sciences, was that I was always interested in drawing and using my imagination as a kid, and I was encouraged by a teacher to do an art foundation course. It was during that time that my preoccupation with space came to the fore and I realized that I wanted to study architecture. I wanted an art form that was in service to the public, in service to our idea of our civilization and our idea of our collective. Architecture provides me the opportunity to produce art that has this kind of direct impact, that capacity for social edification. That level of engagement, with the challenges and responsibilities that accompany it, is what ultimately keeps me invested in my work.
What is the most satisfying part of your design process?
Seeing the final result!