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Sir David Adjaye In Conversation

To mark the opening of his exhibition Making Memory, hear Sir David Adjaye OBE discuss his work and interest in monuments and memorials, with architect and curator Nikolaus Hirsch.

What to expect

Can architecture be used to record our memories and shape perceptions of past events? Can it help us better understand today?

In this talk, celebrated architect Sir David Adjaye examines the idea of the monument and explores how architecture and form can be used as storytelling devices, in conversation with architect and curator Nikolaus Hirsch.

The pair will discuss the meaning of ‘monuments’ today through focusing on several buildings that feature in David Adjaye: Making Memories exhibition at the Design Museum.

Sclera, Adjaye Associates. Image by Leonardo Finotti

Gwangju Pavilion, Adjaye Associates. Image by Kyungsub Shin.

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. Image by Alan Karchmer.

Booking information

Adult: £15

Student/Concession: £10

Members: £12


Sir David Adjaye OBE

Sir David Adjaye OBE is the principal and founder of Adjaye Associates. His largest project to date, the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture, opened in 2016. In 2017, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and was recognized as one of the 100 most influential people of the year by TIME magazine.

Nikolaus Hirsch

Nikolaus Hirsch is a Frankfurt-based architect, educator, curator, and editor. He was the director of Städelschule and Portikus in Frankfurt. His realized projects include the memorial Track 17 in Berlin, Dresden Synagogue, and Museum of Immortality in Mexico City.

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David Adjaye: Making Memory

Experience the storytelling power of architecture through an exploration of seven monumental projects from celebrated architect Sir David Adjaye OBE.