He has designed both elegant private houses (Alexander McQueen’s) and grand public spaces (the Nobel Peace Prize Center in Oslo). While he was working on the Smithsonian’s Museum of African American History and Culture, he was often asked: will it look African American? But what does that mean? Does Renzo Piano’s Times building look newspapery? We talked about this and more – well, yes, or it would have been a short conversation – at the Van Alen Institute. Plus, music by Walter Hawkes.
Photos of David Adjaye by Kait Ebinger.