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Architect David Adjaye receives prestigious MIT award

David Adjaye.

Celebrated architect David Adjaye is the recipient of the 2016 Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT, the school announced Wednesday. The prize, which comes with the not-so-paltry sum of $100,000, also includes an artist residency at MIT next spring during which Adjaye (inset) will participate in four programs open to the public. Adjaye’s high-profile projects include the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., and The Studio Museum in Harlem. A retrospective of his work opens at the Art Institute of Chicago on Sept. 19. “In my career I have sought to cross creative platforms, to collaborate with artists and designers from different disciplines and to focus on the creative discourse surrounding the act of making things. I believe it is this dialogue — the cultural intersection — that moves us forward, generates new possibilities and creates greatness,” he said in a statement. “The Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT has long stood for exactly this principle, and it is for this reason I am both supremely honoured and supremely humbled to be named as this year’s recipient.” Past recipients include Olafur Eliasson, Robert Lepage, Gustavo Dudamel, Bill Viola, Suzan-Lori Parks, and Santiago Calatrava .