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Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Photo credit: Darren Bradley
Talks and lectures

RIBA + VitrA Talk: Sir David Adjaye with Lesley Lokko

Sir David Adjaye will discuss his exceptional career with Lesley Lokko, author and Head of School at the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg.

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Sir David Adjaye will discuss his exceptional career and rise to being described by Time magazine in 2017 as one of the world’s ‘100 most influential people’ with Lesley Lokko, author and Head of School at the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg.

Sir David Adjaye OBE is the principal and founder of Adjaye Associates. Born in Tanzania to Ghanaian parents, his broadly ranging influences, ingenious use of materials and sculptural ability have established him as an architect with an artist’s sensibility and vision. His largest project to date, the $540 million Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture, opened on the National Mall in Washington DC in autumn of 2016 and was named Cultural Event of the Year by the New York Times. In 2017, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

Professor Lesley Lokko is an architect, academic and the author of ten best-selling novels. She is currently Head of the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. She completed her architectural training at the Bartlett School of Architecture in 1994, and went on to complete her PhD from the University of London in 2007. She has taught at schools of architecture in the US, the UK and South Africa. She is the editor of White Papers, Black Marks: Race, Culture, Architecture (University of Minnesota Press, 2000) and has been an on-going contributor to discourses around identity, race, African urbanism and the speculative nature of African architectural space and practice for nearly 30 years.

The RIBA + VitrA partnership reflects a shared commitment to add social, economic and cultural value to society, and VitrA Bathrooms are proud to be supporting such an inspiring programme.

With innovation at its core, a global reach and a tradition of collaborating with celebrated architects and designers, the VitrA bathroom brand has become a world leader, synonymous with contemporary sophistication since the mid 1900’s.

The RIBA + VitrA Talks Series is sponsored by VitrA Bathrooms.


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