GSA Homegrown: Celebrating African Architectural Talent
Homegrown is a social media and print campaign that celebrates the African talent in our GSA-Boogertman + Partners International Lecture Series. The series is listed alphabetically and draws conceptually on the idea of the periodic table. Each description has a link to the introductions that we've made over the years, an interesting and perhaps unknown fact about the speaker and the date of their lecture. All Africans, including South Africans and Africans-in-the-Diaspora, are included. At our last count, we've had 31 African speakers out of a total of 47, which we believe is something worth celebrating.
Homegrown # 02 David Adjaye
Sir David Adjaye’s chat-show style talk at MOAD on Thursday, 10 August 2017 was undoubtedly one of the highlights of the entire series. To an absolutely packed crowd, including the Vice Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg, Prof Tshilidzi Marwala, and the Dutch Ambassador (as well as 600 eager and somewhat star-struck students and practitioners), Sir David and GSA Director Prof Lesley Lokko spoke about the award-winning architect’s life, ambitions and career. Want to know a few interesting facts? Sir David Adjaye was born in Tanzania in 1967 to Ghanaian parents. He was the first African student to win the coveted RIBA President’s Silver Medal in 1991. He’s a vegan.