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David Adjaye Quotes

In a way, I feel I have enough tools and knowledge now that when I build it has a very specific agency thats very conscious. Its no longer speculative; its really constructed. Im very interested in how that consciousness, about how I am producing, is working within different conditions. Its like growing up.
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Buildings are deeply emotive structures which form our psyche. People think they're just things they maneuver through, but the makeup of a person is influenced by the nature of spaces.

— David Adjaye

The first 10 years, I was just building just to understand what I was doing and I didn't trust my intuition to just produce. Then, in the last five years, I have really been reflecting on what I am producing and what it is doing.

— David Adjaye

Context is so important, not to mimic but to become part of the place. I wanted a building that acknowledges its surroundings.

— David Adjaye

In a way, going to Africa allowed me to see possibilities that sometimes seem impossible in certain conditions. It also allowed me to see opportunities for material strategies. I hate it when people think I went and got something [from Africa] and brought it here. It's more about how it affects the way in which I work and affects [my] creativity.

— David Adjaye

The museum in D.C. is really a narrative museum - the nature of a people and how you represent that story. Whereas the Studio Museum is really a contemporary art museum that happens to be about the diaspora and a particular body of contemporary artists ignored by the mainstream. The Studio Museum has championed that and brought into the mainstream. So the museums are like brothers, but different.

— David Adjaye

Africa is an extraordinary opportunity at the moment

— David Adjaye

The houses [my first project in London] were reactions to the condition of the city and my frustrations with the norms that were being played out. In a way they were slightly subconscious but reactions to that condition and a way to posit new possibilities within certain pervasive norms.

— David Adjaye

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