Acclaimed Architect David Adjaye to Lead Second Phase at The SF Shipyard

The SF Shipyard, Adjaye Associates, FivePoint Holdings, San Francisco, Bay Area

The SF Shipyard, Adjaye Associates, FivePoint Holdings, San Francisco, Bay Area

Adjaye Recently Completed the National Museum of African American History and Culture in D.C.

SAN FRANCISCO (Oct. 19, 2016) – FivePoint Holdings announced today that internationally acclaimed architect David Adjaye, of Adjaye Associates, has been enlisted as the masterplan architect and creative director for the transformative mixed-use real estate development at The San Francisco Shipyard.

Adjaye is the architect for The National Museum of African American History and Culture that opened to the public Sept. 24 on the National Mall in Washington D.C. Considered one of the most anticipated monuments of our time, the $540 million museum is part of the Smithsonian Institution.


This week in San Francisco, Adjaye is being celebrated by the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) as a visionary leader in design, in recognition of not only his incredible creative talent but also his commitment to bringing a greater understanding of Africa’s contributions to architecture and urbanism through his research project Adjaye Africa Architecture: A Photographic Survey of Metropolitan Architecture.

“David Adjaye is one of the world’s most prolific architects. We are delighted that he is bringing his unique, creative talents and culture to help shape the physical spaces and urban form of the second phase of The San Francisco Shipyard,” said Kofi Bonner, Northern California regional president for FivePoint.

“I’m thrilled to be partnering with FivePoint to explore ways to reinvigorate this site’s unique infrastructure for the 21st Century,” said David Adjaye. “This is a project with incredible transformative potential; to be given the opportunity to contribute to San Francisco’s urban fabric in such a significant way is a true honor.”

Adjaye will speak at MoAD on Oct. 21 at 6pm, for an evening of conversation titled “Capital Ideas, Civic Design – David Adjaye in Conversation with Liz Ogbu”. The event will also include an exclusive preview of Urban Africa: David Adjaye’s Photographic Survey. Adjaye will also be signing copies of the exhibition’s companion book, Adjaye Africa Architecture. Tickets are available on the museum’s website for $20.

Over the next five years, FivePoint will embark on the second phase of development at the multibillion-dollar community. The refreshed masterplan, prepared by Adjaye Associates and built upon the important work of IBI Architects, celebrates the many layers of its 150-year history that remain evident in the neighborhood while maximizing access to San Francisco’s distinctive waterfront. From The SF Shipyard’s rural origins and naval heritage, to its increasingly urban character, the plan proposes to retain key legacy buildings and features to root the development in the neighborhood’s past while establishing new infrastructure and built form to support the innovative advancement of the Bayview, Hunters Point and San Francisco communities into the future.

The San Francisco Shipyard is one of the largest urban developments on the West Coast and provides an extraordinary opportunity to participate in the creation of a radical new working community. The SF Shipyard is an integrated community that delivers a world class neighborhood – housing, and a state-of-the-art commercial district: offices, labs, research facilities, and reclaimed heritage buildings situated amongst acres of public space and sports grounds.

The SF Shipyard is the anchor to a wider vision that incorporates the iconic Candlestick Park site. Together, at over 760 acres, the urban master-planned communities will offer 12,000 homes with a mix of affordable and market-rate apartments, townhomes and condominiums adjacent to more than 350 acres of waterfront parks, trails and restored shoreline.

To learn more about The San Francisco Shipyard, visit or connect at @TheSFShipyard. For more on Adjaye Associates, visit

About The San Francisco Shipyard
A new community with over a century of history and character. The SF Shipyard is a revitalized waterfront neighborhood with a bold new vision that brings together the best of San Francisco. Walkable residential neighborhoods, restaurants and bars, waterfront retail and creative workspaces. All situated among historic buildings and dry docks. There will be sports fields and courts, an extensive networks of trails for walking, hiking, running and cycling, in addition to water sport facilities on the Bay. This will be a place people will want to visit, live, work and play. Situated in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood overlooking the picturesque waterfront, The San Francisco Shipyard is just 3.5 miles from the city’s SoMa district and less than 15 minutes from downtown via car. The San Francisco Shipyard, and its sister community Candlestick, are 20-year, multi-billion-dollar redevelopments that encompass a total of 760 acres where there will be more than 12,100 new homes, nearly five million square feet of research/development and workspace and over 350 acres of parks and open space.

About FivePoint Holdings
Spanning the state from Southern California to the San Francisco Bay Area, FivePoint is the largest owner and developer of mixed-use, master planned communities in coastal California based on the total number of residential homesites permitted under existing entitled zoning. These communities represent major real estate developments in three of the most dynamic and supply-constrained markets along the California coast—Orange County, Los Angeles County and San Francisco County. For additional information, visit

About Adjaye Associates
Adjaye Associates was established in June 2000 by founder and principal architect, David Adjaye OBE. Receiving ever-increasing worldwide attention, the firm has offices in London, New York an Accra and completed work in Europe, North America, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. The firm’s largest commission to date, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington D.C., opened last month. Further projects range in scale from private houses, exhibitions, and temporary pavilions to major arts centers, civic buildings, and masterplans. Renowned for an eclectic material and color palette and a capacity to offer a rich civic experience, the buildings differ in form and style, yet are unified by their ability to generate new typologies and to reference a wide cultural discourse.

Completed works include: the regenerative Morning Lane Arches retail corridor in Hackney, London (2016); Sugar Hill museum and housing development in Harlem, New York (2015); the Aishti Foundation arts and shopping complex in Beirut, Lebanon (2015); Alara Concept Store in Lagos, Nigeria (2014); Marian Goodman Gallery, London (2014); the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art at the Hutchins Centre, Harvard University (2014); two neighbourhood libraries in Washington DC (2012); the Stephen Lawrence Centre in London (2007); the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver (2007); Rivington Place Gallery in London (2007); The Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo (2005); and the Idea Stores in Tower Hamlets, London (2004 and 2005) – two pioneering community libraries in London’s Tower Hamlets.

Some current projects include: 70-73 Piccadilly, a £600 million mixed-use residential redevelopment in London’s prestigious Piccadilly area; a new home for The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; offices for the International Financial Corporation in Dakar, Senegal; a gallery for the Linda Pace Foundation in San Antonio, TX; and a regenerative cultural campus on the site of Tel Aviv’s disused former central bus station.

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