David Adjaye,  Atelier Bow-Wow, Joe Osae-Addo, Rahul Mehrotra, Kibwe Tavares


David Adjaye is founder and Principal Architect of Adjaye Associates. Established in June 2000, the firm has received worldwide attention, with work ranging in scale from private houses, cafes and bars, exhibitions and temporary pavilions to major arts centres, civic buildings and masterplans in Europe, North America, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. The practice is currently engaged on the prestigious commission to design the Smithsonian Institution’s ambitious National Museum of African American Culture and History on a prominent site on the National Mall in Washington D.C. Adjaye currently holds a Visiting Professor post at Princeton University School of Architecture. He is a RIBA Chartered Member, an AIA Honorary Fellow, a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council and a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  He was awarded the OBE for services to architecture in 2007 and received the Design Miami/ Year of the Artist title in 2011.
Atelier Bow-Wow is a Tokyo-based architecture firm, founded in 1992 by Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kajima. 
The firm is well known for its domestic and cultural architecture and its research exploring the urban conditions of micro, ad hoc architecture.
They were invited to participate in the 2010 Venice Bienalle and both Tsukamoto and Kajima has held positions as guest professors at the Department of Architecture at Harvard GSD.
Joe Osae-Addo was born in Ghana, and was educated at the Architectural Association in London. He worked in Finland, the UK and the USA, setting up his practice in Los Angeles. His work has been influenced by ‘genus-loci’ and the role it played in creating architecture. In his work, he searched for a way to create pieces which are site specific and meet the needs of people who will interact with it. He is a founding partner in the A + D Museum, Los Angeles, whose mission is to advance knowledge and to enable people to appreciate and understand architecture and design. He moved back to Ghana in 2004 and is currently the CEO of Constructs LLC. He is, among many other projects, working on the Make It Right project in New Orleans, Park and the Isimangaliso Nature Reserve. Their work has been extensively published and recognised locally and internationally, and shown in exhibits such as the International Biennale of Architecture in 2005 In Sao Paulo. Daffonchio won a SAIA Merit Award, which related to the ‘Energy Works’ office building in 2009 and CIA award for architecture for ‘Untamed’ Sculpture Pavilion in Kirstenbosch Gardens.

Rahul Mehrotra is an Indian architect and urban designer trained at the School of Architecture, Ahmedabad, and the GSD Harvard.
He has been in private practice since 1990, and works on architecture, urban design and conservation projects. He has built extensively in India,
and besides several single family houses, his projects include an Institute for Rural Development in Tulzapur, the Restoration of the Chowmahalla Palace in Hyderabad and he is currently leading the
Master Plan for the Taj Mahal and its surroundings.
He is the Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University.
Website: RMA Architects

Kibwe Tavares graduated with 1st Class Honours in architectural engineering from the University of Leeds before graduating in 2011 from the Unit 15 Course at the
Bartlett School of Architecture. ROBOTS OF BRIXTON is a short film that he submitted as his thesis project. He is also part of Factory Fifteen which is a creative studio that specializes in animation, film and architectural representation.
Website: factoryfifteen

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