David Adjaye earns knighthood in New Year's Honours 2017

British Architect David Adjaye is to turn out to be Sir David Adjaye after receiving a knighthood of services to architecture in the New Year's honours 2017.

Adjaye, 50, will receive the Knight Bachelor Award as part of the Queen's biannual honours programme, which recognises the "achievements and carrier of extremely good people across the UK".

The principal chancery of the orders of knighthood described adjaye as "one of the leading architects of his era and a global cultural ambassador for the United Kingdom".

The architect – known for projects including of the Dirty House and Stephen Lawrence Centre – has just completed one of the maximum essential tasks of his career, the Smithsonian Nationwide Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC.

His firm, Adjaye Associates, is currently working on a major new art museum inside the Latvian capital Riga and a children's cancer treatment centre in Rwanda.

Adjaye stated he is "honoured and humbled" to be chosen for the award, having already been named an Officer of the Order of the british empire (OBE) in 2007.

"i see this not as a non-public celebration, however as a celebration of the vast potential – and responsibility – for architecture to impact positive social change, that we as architects must carry some thing nice to the sector," he stated.

"i am proud to retain to work in provider of this mission as a global cultural ambassador for the United Kingdom."

Different architecture and design figures at the honours listing include Central saint martins fashion programme director Angela Walters, AEOCOM Director Peter Wilson, and Terry Jones, founder of i-D magazine.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony in 2017.