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Mariam Kamara and David Adjaye in conversation


Monday 25 November 2019
6.30 — 8pm

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Mariam Kamara with Sir David Adjaye

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Join Mariam Kamara, founder of atelier masōmī in Niger, for a conversation with her Rolex Mentor, Sir David Adjaye OBE RA, chaired by Tim Marlow.

Mariam Kamara, founder of atelier masōmī in Niger, will present the plans for her first major building project in Niger – a library and arts centre – in this conversation with her Rolex Mentor, Sir David Adjaye OBE RA. The conversation will be chaired by Tim Marlow, the Royal Academy’s Artistic Director.

Mariam Kamara’s work is guided by the belief that architects have a responsibility to invent spaces with the power to elevate, dignify and improve the quality of life of its inhabitants. Her practice, atelier masōmī, regularly collaborates with local teams of engineers, masons and other craftsmen to produce simple projects that respond to the needs they identify on the ground, harnessing both local materials and skills.

Sir David Adjaye has won international acclaim for his ambitious designs and innovative use of materials in projects that display a high degree of awareness of the social purpose of architecture and the ways in which it can positively contribute to issues prevalent in contemporary society.

Adjaye and Kamara are joined by a shared passion to rethink contemporary architecture on the African continent. They are consistently looking for ways to make the future take shape in areas that often lack in both skills and confidence.

Sir David Adjaye is the 2018/2019 Rolex Mentor in Architecture. Mariam Kamara is his Rolex Protégée and a finalist for the 2019 Royal Academy Dorfman Award.

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Monday 25 November 2019

6.30 — 8pm

The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly

£20, £12