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$21 million Colgate University Art centre by David Adjaye

$21 million Colgate University Art centre by David Adjaye

Celebrated Ghanaian-British architect David Adjaye is putting his extensive experience in museum and art gallery designing into building a new Art and Culture for Colgate University, New York. (continues below... )

The architect was last week given the green light by Colgate university board of Trustees for the project which will begin this summer. The project, which will take a year to complete, received a $750,000 grant from the Regional Economic Development Council among other donations.

The design which features three interconnected gallery buildings and a sculpture court will house artifacts and artworks currently within Colgate Campus, including the Longyear Museum of Anthropology and the Picker Gallery of Art.

David Adjaye is the son of a Ghanaian Diplomat. He moved to England when he was nine where he schooled, earning a BA at London South-Bank University, before attending Royal College where he graduated with a Masters degree in 1993.

David Adjaye set up Adjaye & Russell with fellow architect William Russell in 1994 based in North London before going solo in 2000 to establish his own studio. His most celebrated designs include the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo and the Skolkovo Moscow School of Management in Russia.

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