David Adjaye is a Ghanaian-born architect who lives in London. In 2000, he founded Adjaye Associates, which currently has offices in London, New York, and Accra. To date Adjaye Associates have completed over fifty buildings in Europe, USA, Africa, Asia and the Middle East, including the campus of the Moscow School of Management Skolkovo (2010) and Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (2016). Adjaye is currently working on a new home for the Studio Museum in Harlem (New York) and a building for the Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art (Riga). In 2017, he was named Knight Bachelor in Queen Elizabeth II’s annual New Year’s Honours. He lives and works in London and New York.
Zoë Ryan is Chair and Curator of Architecture and Design at the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2012 she was a member of the curatorial advisory team for the award-winning US Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale and the Curator of the Istanbul Design Biennial in 2014. Ryan has organized solo exhibitions with contemporary practitioners such as architects David Adjaye and Jeanne Gang, graphic designers Graphic Thought Facility, industrial designer Konstantin Grcic, and a historical retrospective of the work of architect Bertrand Goldberg. In 2012, Fast Company magazine named her one of the 50 people shaping the future of design.
Kate Fowle is chief curator at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow and Director-at-Large at Independent Curators International (ICI) in New York.