Sir David Adjaye with his protégée Mariam Kamara. Image Courtesy of Rolex Arts Initiative Rolex has announced four new mentors and protégés for the prestigious Rolex Arts Initiative. In the architecture category, Sir David Adjaye was selected as mentor and Niger-based architect Mariam Kamara will be his protégée in 2018-2019. The Ghana-born British architect Sir David Adjaye is renowned for major projects worldwide such as the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, in Washington DC. He heads the firm Adjaye Associates. Mariam Kamara, 38, is founder and Principal of atelier masōmī. Rolex describes Kamara as an architect "dedicated to designing spaces and structures that respond to the needs of people in her homeland, Niger, and all of Africa." In keeping with its tradition of supporting individual excellence, the Rolex Arts Initiative is meant to give emerging artists time to learn, create and grow. This year, the 2018-2019 program will run
The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative is a philanthropic programme that was set up to make a contribution to global culture. Since 2002, it has paired mentors and protégés in dance, film, literature, music, theatre, visual arts and architecture.
Rolex made the announcement at a gala ceremony in Berlin celebrating the end of the previous 2016-2017 mentoring year. For that year, Sir David Chipperfield was chosen as mentor in the architecture category and Simon Kretz was his Protege. Past pairs also include: Álvaro Siza and Sahel Al-Hiyari, Kazuyo Sejima and Yang Zhao, and Peter Zumthor and Gloria Cabral.
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