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David Adjaye and his wife, Ashley Shaw-Scott.
David Adjaye and his wife, Ashley Shaw-Scott. Bill Brett for The Boston Globe

More than 200 people gathered Tuesday to honor architect David Adjaye, the winner of the 2016 Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT. Joining Adjaye were his wife, former model Ashley Shaw-Scott; artists Chris Ofili and Lorna Simpson; Hollywood producer Joel Silver; 104-year-old Margaret McDermott, whose late husband is the award’s namesake; WGBH’s Jon Abbott; Lonnie Bunch, director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture; Boston arts chief Julie Burros; and assorted other VIPs. Adjaye’s commissions include the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Previous winners of the award include Robert Lepage, Gustavo Dudamel, Olafur Eliasson, and I.M. Pei, among others.