architect Sir David Adjaye steps back from multiple projects amid sexual misconduct allegations

Prominent architect David Adjaye has stepped back from several roles and upcoming projects following allegations of sexual harassment or assault lodged against him by three unnamed former employees in the Financial Times.

As well as relinquishing an advisory position with London Mayor Sadiq Khan, the Ghanaian-British architect has stepped down from building projects including the UK’s new Holocaust Memorial and a public library in Oregon that said it had cut ties with his firm, Adjaye Associates, entirely.

The women’s claims, published Tuesday, relate to incidents of misconduct they allege took place in 2018 and 2019. They are denied by Adjaye, who issued a statement to the Financial Times and CNN saying: “I absolutely reject any claims of sexual misconduct, abuse or criminal wrongdoing. These allegations are untrue, distressing for me and my family and run counter to everything I stand for.

I am ashamed to say that I entered into relationships which though entirely consensual, blurred the boundaries between my professional and personal lives. I am deeply sorry,” his statement continued. “To restore trust and accountability, I will be immediately seeking professional help in order to learn from these mistakes to ensure that they never happen again.”

The three women making the allegations against Adjaye either worked for or were contracted to his architectural practice in 2018 or 2019. The firm was founded in 2000 and has offices in London, New York and Accra, Ghana. In interviews with the Financial Times, they claimed their experiences with Adjaye have disrupted their careers, caused them financial hardship and emotional distress.

Adjaye told the New York Times he was stepping down from ceremonial roles and trusteeships to prevent the allegations from becoming “a distraction,” though his representatives did not respond to CNN’s request for confirmation.

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