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Key Building in Piccadilly, West End, London, England, UK

21 May 2017

RA Summer Exhibition 2017

The Royal Academy of Arts’ 249th Summer Exhibition

Architecture at RA Summer Exhibition 2017 |

Location: Main Galleries, Burlington House

The Royal Academy’s 249th Summer Exhibition will be co-ordinated by Eileen Cooper RA.

Hanging Committee: Ann Christopher, Gus Cummins, Bill Jacklin, Fiona Rae, Rebecca Salter and Yinka Shonibare.

Architecture Gallery Curator: Farshid Moussavi RA.

Opening Times:
13 June – 20 August 2017
10am – 6pm, Fridays until 10pm

Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, London

17 Mar 2017

Royal Academy of Arts News – David Adjaye Royal Academician

Royal Academy of Arts announces election of David Adjaye and Gilbert & George as new Royal Academicians

The Royal Academy of Arts has elected the internationally renowned architect Sir David Adjaye and artist Gilbert & George as new Royal Academicians following a recent General Assembly.

Christopher Le Brun, President of the Royal Academy, said “David Adjaye joins us at a time when the Royal Academy architects currently comprise a more distinguished group than at any time in its long history. I’m delighted to welcome Gilbert & George to the Royal Academy; the election of two people as one artist member is the first of its kind in the history of the Academy.”


Sir David Adjaye OBE (born Tanzania, 1966)

Sir David Adjaye OBE
photograph © Ed Reeve

Sir David Adjaye is recognised as a leading architect of his generation. Born in Tanzania to Ghanaian parents, his broadly ranging influences, ingenious use of materials and sculptural ability have established him as an architect with an artist’s sensibility and vision. He founded Adjaye Associates in 2000, and immediately won several prestigious commissions including the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo (2005) and the Idea Stores in London (2005), which were credited with pioneering a new approach to the provision of information services. His largest project to date, the $540 million Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, opened on the National Mall in Washington DC in Autumn of 2016 and was named Cultural Event of the Year by the New York Times.

David Adjaye Architect
photograph courtesy of Doug Aitken Workshop and 303 Gallery, NY

Adjaye Associates now has offices in London, New York and Accra with projects in the US, UK, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. These include the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO (2010), the Sugar Hill mixed-use social housing scheme in Harlem, New York (2015); the Aishti Foundation retail and art complex in Beirut (2015); and two neighbourhood libraries in Washington DC (2012). Prominent ongoing projects include a new home for the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, a major neighbourhood masterplan in San Francisco, and One Berkeley, a £600 million redevelopment project in London’s prestigious Piccadilly area.

David Adjaye:
David Adjaye
photo courtesy of Doug Aitken Workshop and 303 Gallery, NY

Adjaye frequently collaborates with contemporary artists on art and installation projects. Examples include The Upper Room, with thirteen paintings by Chris Ofili (2002), Within Reach, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art for the 21st Century Pavilion designed to show a work by Olafur Eliasson, Your Black Horizon, at the 2005 Venice Biennale. Adjaye worked with curator Okwui Enwezor on the design of the 56th Venice Art Biennale (2015). He was awarded an OBE for services to architecture in 2007, received the Design Miami/ Artist of the Year title in 2011, the Wall Street Journal Innovator Award in 2013 and the 2016 Panerai London Design Medal, awarded by the London Design Festival. In 2017, Adjaye received a knighthood for services to architecture in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.

A recent building design by David Adjaye on e-architect:

National Museum of African American History & Culture, Washington DC, USA
Design: Freelon Adjaye Bond / SmithGroup
National Museum of African American History & Culture
image courtesy of architects
National Museum of African American History and Culture Building

David Adjaye : ‘Urban Africa’
Kvadrat London Showroom
photograph : David Adjaye
David Adjaye Exhibition in London at the Design Museum

About the Royal Academy of Arts

The Royal Academy of Arts was founded by King George III in 1768. It has a unique position in being an independent, privately funded institution led by eminent artists and architects whose purpose is to be a clear, strong voice for art and artists. Its public programme promotes the creation, enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts through exhibitions, education and debate.

The Royal Academy of Arts is governed by 80 Royal Academicians who are all practising artists or architects. On reaching the age of 75 they become Senior Academicians thus initiating vacancies for new Members. Elections are held at regular meetings of the General Assembly, when new Members are voted in by existing RAs.

The RA is undergoing a transformative redevelopment which will be completed in time for its 250th anniversary in 2018. Led by the internationally-acclaimed architect Sir David Chipperfield RA and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the plans will link Burlington House on Piccadilly and Burlington Gardens for the first time, uniting and revitalising the two-acre site. The redevelopment will also reveal the elements that make the RA unique, sharing with the public the historic treasures in its Collection, the work of its Academicians and the RA Schools, alongside its world-class exhibitions programme. For more information on the RA visit

Major Buildings by Adjaye/Associates

Kvadrat London Showroom, London, UK
Design: David Adjaye and Peter Saville
Kvadrat London Showroom
photo from Adjaye / Associates

Kvadrat London Showroom

Idea Store Chrisp St, Poplar, east London, UK
Idea Store Chrisp St
photo © Nick Weall
Idea Store Chrisp St

Idea Store Whitechapel, east London, UK
Idea Store Whitechapel
photo © Nick Weall
Idea Store Whitechapel

Rivington Place, London, UK
Rivington Place
photo © Nick Weall
Rivington Place

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Royal Academy of Arts – Past Architectural News

13 Aug 2013
Burlington House Courtyard Development
Design: Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners

The Royal Academy of Arts unveils a three storey house designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners in the Courtyard at Burlington House

Richard Rogers:
Richard Rogers architect
© Andrew Zuckerman
Homeshell – Royal Academy of Arts, London

Royal Academy of Arts Architecture Exhibition

Royal Academy of Arts Exhibition : Andrea Palladio

18 Jun + 24 Apr 2012

Royal Academy Summer Show 2012

Summer Exhibition Curators

Eva Jiricna and Chris Wilkinson are to curate the architecture gallery of Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition for 2012.

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition – architectural installation
Design: Chris Wilkinson, Wilkinson Eyre Architects
Royal Academy Installation
image : Luke Hayes

The 244th annual Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts features a site specific architectural installation designed by architect and artist Chris Wilkinson RA, Director at Wilkinson Eyre Architects.

10 Jun 2008

Royal Academy of Arts London

David Chipperfield Architects appointed by Royal Academy of Arts for 6 Burlington Gardens, London

David Chipperfield Architects have been appointed to redevelop and refurbish the Royal Academy of Arts’ building at 6 Burlington Gardens, one of the most significant High Victorian buildings in central London.

Royal Academy of Arts
Royal Academy of Arts North Elevation : David Chipperfield Architects

Designed by Sir James Pennethorne for the University of London in the 1860s, 6 Burlington Gardens has been part of the Royal Academy estate since 2000 and currently functions largely as a temporary venue. The building is situated to the rear of the Royal Academy’s Burlington House headquarters on Piccadilly.

The project will provide the Royal Academy with new exhibition space for contemporary art shows, education facilities including a new 250 seat auditorium, shops, and a restaurant, and also allow all Royal Academy staff to be accommodated on site for the first time.

This is not the first time David Chipperfield Architects have made design proposals for the building, having previously done so during its occupation by the Museum of Mankind in the 1980s.

David Chipperfield Architects have already begun a feasibility study for the project, which will be completed in September. The project is scheduled to complete in 2012.

Royal Academy of Arts, London: Burlington House, Piccadilly
Royal Academy Building
image © Adrian Welch

Phone: 020 7300 8000
Nearest tube stations: Piccadilly Circus or Green Park

Royal Academy of Arts redevelopment : David Chipperfield Architects

Royal Academy Sackler Galleries architects : Foster Associates

Building close by to the east:
Piccadilly Circus

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