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  • Sep 01, 2023

News: Organizations Wrestle with Future of David Adjaye Projects

Exterior rendering of the Africa Institute in Shajrah, United Arab Emirates, as designed by Adjaye Associaties.

Leading international arts and cultural organizations around the world—from the United States to the United Arab Emirates—canceled or paused projects by architect David Adjaye after the Financial Times (FT) reported on July 4 the cases of three women, all former employees of his firm Adjaye Associates, who accused him of sexual assault and harassment. Following the allegations, president of the Africa Institute in Sharjah, Hoor Al Qasimi, terminated plans for a 32,000-square-meter campus designed by the Ghanaian-British architect. The Studio Museum in New York also cut ties with Adjaye, who designed the organization’s new building in Harlem. In August, Liverpool’s International Slavery Museum followed suit.