David Adjaye

Architect / United Kingdom / Adjaye Associates

David Adjaye’s Book List

10 books
Cheikh Anta Diop

A true archaeological and scientific unraveling of the nature of African empires and civilizations.

Jun’ichiro Tanizaki

Essential reading for an understanding of the nature of space in Japanese culture.

Aldo Rossi

A pivotal account of the evolution of the European city.

Robin Evans

Robin Evans had the ability to offer rare insights into architectural history and theory that appeal to my interest in the wider social, cultural, and political discourse.

David Graeber

An extraordinary book that has made me rethink the nature of capitalism, finance, and governance.

Nicolas Bourriaud

Relational Art—love it or hate it—it’s the next “ism.”

Mark Girouard

James Stirling was undoubtedly one of the greatest architects of the late 20th century to emerge from the UK. His drawings offered a seminal interpretation of the understanding of space and he was a standard-bearer for establishing new ways to represent space, such as the use of the axonometric.

John Brinckerhoff Jackson

Beautifully written and key to understanding the American landscape.

Bruno Latour

Bruno Latour’s seminal account of how you imagine or create the idea of publicness in our cities.

Gottfried Semper

An important manifesto on the root nature of architectural fabric and a formative discourse about the evolution of architecture.

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