MoAD is honoring two individuals not only for their achievements, but also because they exemplify the spirit and mission of MoAD.
Afropolitan Ball 2016 Honorees Dede Wilsey and David Adjaye
Dede Wilsey - Legacy of Philanthropy
Award in recognition of her unwavering support of the MoAD from its inception through its transformation into a Smithsonian Affiliate. Her personal and philanthropic contributions affect change and growth in every organization that receives her support. She remains a prominent figure in the artistic and cultural spheres of San Francisco. In 2005, she raised $208 million to rebuild the earthquake-damaged De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park, one of the largest private gifts ever made to an American museum. She has raised millions for local causes like the renovation of Grace Cathedral, Immaculate Conception Academy, UCSF and the Diane B. Wilsey Opera Center. She is a steadfast supporter of arts and culture.
David Adjaye - Visionary Leader in Design
Architect and Designer
In recognition for his incredible creative talent as an architect and designer and his commitment to bringing a greater understanding of Africa’s contributions to architecture and urbanism through his wonderful “Adjaye Africa Architecture: A Photographic Survey of Metropolitan Architecture”. His unique approach and commitment to the social responsibility of architecture has allowed his designs to resonate deeply with every community he has worked with. David has made a significant difference in our lives through his innovation, originality and imagination. His distinct approach and visual language defines his historic addition to the National Mall in Washington DC, which will enrich many lives for decades to come.