David Adjaye was born in Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania, where his father was a Ghanaian diplomat. He earned his BA at London South Bank University, before graduating with an MA in 1993 from the Royal College of Art.
In 1993, the same year after his graduation, he won the RIBA First Prize Bronze Medal. He started his own practice in 1994 called Adjaye Architects.In 2006 he was nominated for the Stirling Prize for his Whitechapel Idea Store in London.
His offices are in North London. He is a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council