Sir David Adjaye, the architect behind the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C., will be receiving the University of Virginia and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation's highest external honor, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal.
Adjaye is recognized as a leading architect of his generation. Born in Tanzania to Ghanaian parents, his influences range from contemporary art, music and science to African art forms and the civic life of cities.
Adjaye joins two other medalists: Judge Frank Easterbrook and agriculturist Cary Fowler. The medals are the University's highest external honors, as UVA offers no honorary degrees.
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