The Prestigious Rolex Arts Initiative has just announced Sir David Adjaye as the 2018-2019 mentor for it’s architecture category. The renowned Architect picked Niger-born Mariam Kamara, founder and principal of Atelier Masomi as his Protege. The announcement was made in Berlin following the completion of the 2016-2017 mentoring year which had Sir David Chipperfield and Simon Kretz as his mentor and Protege, preceded by Peter Zumthor and Gloria Cabral.
About the Rolex Arts Initiative
The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative is a philanthropic programme that was set up to make a contribution to global culture. The programme seeks out gifted young artists from all over the world and brings them together with artistic masters for a period of creative collaboration in a one-to-one mentoring relationship.
In keeping with its tradition of supporting individual excellence, Rolex gives emerging artists time to learn, create and grow.
Since 2002, Rolex has paired mentors and protégés in dance, film, literature, music, theatre, visual arts and architecture. The mentoring programme has evolved into an enriching dialogue between artists of different generations, cultures and disciplines, helping ensure that the world’s artistic heritage is passed on to the next generation. Find out more here.
Sir David Adjaye | Adjaye Associates
Sir David Adjaye OBE is recognized as a leading architect of his generation. Adjaye was born in Tanzania to Ghanaian parents and his influences range from contemporary art, music and science to African art forms and the civic life of cities. In 1994, he set up his first office, where his ingenious use of materials and his sculptural ability established him as an architect with an artist’s sensibility and vision. He reformed his studio as Adjaye Associates in 2000. The firm now has offices in London, New York and Accra with projects in the US, UK, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. His largest project to date, the $540 million Smithsonian Institute National Museum of African American History and Culture, opened on the National Mall in Washington DC in fall of 2016 and was named Cultural Event of the Year by the New York Times. Read more here.
Mariam Kamara | Atelier Masomi
Mariam Kamara is the founder and Principal of atelier masōmī. Her work is guided by the belief that architects have an important role to play in providing a better quality of life for millions, with solutions that come from within. She is also a founding member of united4design, a global collective of architects working on projects in the U.S., Afghanistan and Niger.
It hasn’t been revealed yet what their project will be, but based on their body of work, we are certain it would be nothing short of inspiring and solution-driven.