- 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.
See post below:
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.
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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