Sir David Adjaye in conversation with Will Gompertz, BBC Arts Editor


An intimate discussion about the power of spaces born of Adjaye’s own experience growing up. His brother who is a wheel chair user was regular unable to access buildings and this evolved to a personal crusade that national spaces should be for all.

Sir David Adjaye OBE An architect who's Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture, opened on the National Mall in Washington DC in fall of 2016, this opening was named Cultural Event of the Year by the New York Times. In 2017, he was knighted byQueen Elizabeth II and was recognised as one of the 100 most influential people of the year by TIME magazine.

Below are a series of clip to build your knowledge of the talk and give you a feeling for the landscape discussed. If you are hooked you can download the full talk, also below.

Sir David Adjaye believes that the architecture of a country can shape its aspirations.  As such he is working to reshape the face of Ghana’s building scape.

Sir David Adjaye, known for his all design of important national spaces, describes how this deep understanding how public spaces should work better was driven from profound personal experience.

The star-architect of his generation Sir David Adjaye responds to the question posed by design critic and author Alice Rawsthorn, “Did you realise how hard it would be to forge a career in architecture?”

To listen to the discussion in full between Sir David Adjaye and BBC Art's Editor Will Gompertz.



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