sir david adjaye and cai guo-qiang to be awarded with 2020 isamu noguchi award

sir david adjaye and cai guo-qiang to be awarded with 2020 isamu noguchi award

the noguchi museum has selected architect sir david adjaye and artist cai guo-qiang as recipients of the 2020 isamu noguchi award. the prize, which will be presented at the museum in new york on tuesday, may 19, 2020, has previously celebrated different creatives around the world, including lord norman foster, hiroshi sugimoto, jasper morrison, yoshio taniguchi, tadao ando, elyn zimmerman, john pawson, hiroshi senju, naoto fukasawa, edwina von gal, and rei kawakubo (read more on designboom here.)


the isamu noguchi award is presented to individuals who share noguchi’s spirit of innovation, global consciousness, and commitment to eastern and western cultural exchange.

2020 isamu noguchi award sir david adjaye and cai guo-qiang designboom
national museum of african american history & culture in washington D.C. by david adjaye associated
read more on designboom here



recognized as one of the leading architects of his generation, ghanaian-british architect sir david adjaye has received international acclaim for his impact on the field. born in tanzania to ghanaian parents in 1966, adjaye quotes influences from contemporary art, music, and science, to african art forms and the civic life of cities. similar to noguchi, he has collaborated with a variety of influential art world and cultural figures. in 2000, he founded adjaye associates, with projects spanning all around the world.

2020 isamu noguchi award sir david adjaye and cai guo-qiang designboom
130 william skyscrapper in new york city
read more on designboom here



adjaye is widely recognized as an architect with an artistic sensibility and vision. similar to noguchi, he is committed to a multidisciplinary practice, with projects raging from private houses, bespoke furniture collections, product design, exhibitions and temporary pavilions to major art centres, civic buildings and master plans. in 2016, adjaye inaugurated his largest project to date, the national museum of african american history and culture in washington D.C. this project was nominated for the design prize on the social impact category.

sir david adjaye and cai guo-qiang to be awarded with 2020 isamu noguchi award
ruby city in san antonio, texas
read more on designboom here



other completed projects include: ruby city, a new art center in san antonio, texas; the webster, a new flagship retail space in los angeles; the sugar hill mixed-use development, in harlem, new york; two neighborhood libraries in washington, d.c.; the alara concept store in lagos, nigeria; the museum of contemporary art in denver, colorado; the ethelbert cooper gallery of african and african american art at the hutchins center at harvard university; the nobel peace centre in oslo; and the idea stores—two community libraries in london.

2020 isamu noguchi award sir david adjaye and cai guo-qiang designboom
sydney plaza
read more on designboom here



ongoing projects include a new home for the studio museum in harlem, new york; 130 william, a high-rise residential tower in new york’s financial district; the new sydney plaza, a public plaza, community building, and artwork in sydney’s central business district; the abrahamic family house, an interfaith complex in abu dhabi; the UK holocaust memorial and learning centre in london; and the national cathedral of ghana in accra.

sir david adjaye and cai guo-qiang to be awarded with 2020 isamu noguchi award
cai guo qiang explodes colorful ‘mushroom cloud’ : a vivid reflection on the nuclear age
read more on designboom here



born in 1957, cai guo-qiang works on a variety of mediums but is recognized for his innovative works that incorporate gunpowder and controlled explosions. trained in stage design and known for his exploration of multiple mediums not only for his artistic expression, but also as commentary on contemporary social issues, cai’s involvement in diverse fields reflects the same multidisciplinary, boundary-defying spirit present in noguchi’s path.

2020 isamu noguchi award sir david adjaye and cai guo-qiang designboom
99 animals flock together for cai guo-qiang exhibition
more on designboom here



cai’s solo exhibitions and projects have been presented at the metropolitan museum of art, new york (2006); solomon r. guggenheim museum, new york (2008); pushkin state museum of fine arts, moscow (2017); museo del prado, madrid (2018); uffizi galleries, florence (2018); national archaeological museum of naples (2019); national gallery of victoria, melbourne (2019); and cleveland museum of art (2019), among other venues. his solo exhibition da vincis do povo toured brazil in 2013 and was the most visited exhibition by a living artist worldwide that year, attracting over one million visitors.

2020 isamu noguchi award sir david adjaye and cai guo-qiang designboom
cai guo-qiang suspends 10,000 porcelain starlings over terracotta warriors in melbourne
read more on designboom here



cai has received numerous honors, including the golden lion at the venice biennale (1999), the hiroshima art prize (2007), and the fukuoka asian culture prize (2009). in 2012, he won the prestigious praemium imperiale and was one of five artists to receive the first u.s. department of state medal of arts for his outstanding commitment to international cultural exchange. other honors include the barnett and annalee newman foundation award (2015), the bonnefanten award for contemporary art (baca), and the japan foundation award (both 2016).

sir david adjaye and cai guo-qiang to be awarded with 2020 isamu noguchi award
cai guo-qiang sends flaming sky ladder soaring 500 meters in the air
more on this project here



project info:


name: 2020 isamu noguchi award

awarded to: sir david adjaye and cai guo-qiang

date: may 19, 2020

location: noguchi museum, new york city

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
    all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    design news

    keep up with our daily and weekly stories
    504,237 subscribers
    - see sample
    - see sample
    designboom magazine