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David Adjaye

David Adjaye has had a lot to shout about in the last year. With a host of new projects, competition wins and building completions, the London-based architect emerged as a genuine global superstar.

Adjaye, who was born in Tanzania, continued his ongoing focus on Africa with proposals for a children's cancer treatment centre in Rwanda and a centre for African art in New York's Harlem.

He also unveiled a huge new shopping centre in Beirut, while the Art Institute of Chicago staged a major retrospective of his work.

It that wasn't enough, he was selected ahead of firms including Henning Larsen Architects and Caruso St John to design a major new art museum in Latvia. It seemed the only thing that didn't go his way was the commission for Barack Obama's official presidential library in Chicago, which eventually went to Tod Williams and Billie Tsien.

The only question is whether he'll rank even higher on next year's list. With the recent opening of his Smithsonian National Museum Of African American History And Culture, it's looking likely.

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