African architect receives UK’s highest honour for architecture

African architect receives UK’s highest honour for architecture

- Sir David Adjaye, a Ghanaian-British architect, has received the 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 Briefly.co.za 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.

In other news, Briefly.co.za previously reported that a local man has shared his inspiring story of completing a Master's of Business Administration at the University of Oxford in England. Oxford is one of the leading and most prestigious universities in the world.

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Tshwanelo Matsane shared his story to Varsity World on Facebook. He said he had gone to Oxford to "see" what learners were accomplishing with their time. Graduating from such a renowned university is a massive step. He shared:

"I also came to SEE how undeniably human they (learners) are. I came to increase my exposure and raise my expectations for the dent that I could make on my chosen problem areas. With this newfound exposure and network, back to South Africa I go."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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