Bedrock Engages World Renowned Architect Sir David Adjaye as it Advances the Transformation of Tower City Center and the Cuyahoga Riverfront

April 12, 2022

The award winning architect will work with Bedrock to evolve Tower City Center into a destination marketplace and further the development of a 15-minute neighborhood along the Cuyahoga Riverfront, in alignment with the Vision for the Valley 


April 12, 2022 [CLEVELAND]—Today, Bedrock announced that it has added world-renowned architect Sir David Adjaye OBE to its team of consultants, city officials and civic organizations focused on developing a multi-phase, transformational plan for Cleveland. The collaboration will conceptualize plans to maximize Tower City Center’s potential as a destination marketplace and anchor of the catalytic Cuyahoga Riverfront mixed-use neighborhood development project.

“Sir David Adjaye has a unique ability to curate distinctive and memorable places, and we will be working with David and team to carefully design a new Riverfront residential community with office, retail, entertainment and other recreational amenities,” said Kofi Bonner, Bedrock CEO. “David's work will enable us to connect a world class sustainable Riverfront neighborhood to the historic Tower City Center and downtown, while respecting the great work of the community detailed in the Vision for the Valley.”

With a global footprint and vast project portfolio, Adjaye, an award-winning Ghanaian-British architect and 2022 TIME100 Impact honoree, is recognized for infusing his artistic discernment and ethos in community driven projects. His ingenious use of materials, bespoke designs and visionary approach complement Bedrock’s 20- to 30-year proposal to transform the Cuyahoga Riverfront which connects downtown Cleveland and its residents and visitors while prioritizing sustainability, equity, and accessibility.

“It is a true honor to collaborate with Bedrock and the City of Cleveland on this important initiative to reinvigorate and reimagine the Cuyahoga Riverfront,” said David Adjaye. “As with all of my projects, becoming immersed in what makes a city so dynamic, while also engaging with its people, places and culture will guide the development of our multi-phased proposal.”

“Vision for the Valley”

Following the September 2021 announcement regarding the comprehensive Vision for the Valley proposal, Bedrock and the City of Cleveland entered into a master development agreement to launch an 18-month due diligence and pre-development period focused on providing unprecedented urban infrastructure investments designed for the 22nd century.

Alongside Adjaye, Bedrock is growing its team of consultants to accelerate the development of Cleveland’s waterfront neighborhood, with a focus on sustainability and resiliency, including new complete streets, digital access, enhanced public spaces and pathways to the Riverfront, and transit-oriented development in line with the City’s Vision of the Valley.

Through a competitive procurement process, Bedrock selected a civil engineering team, led by Osborn Engineering, that has engineered some of Cleveland’s most historic public spaces and infrastructure assets. Osborn’s technical expertise and breadth of experience will add context for a sustainable and innovative development for all Clevelanders.

 “Today’s announcement by Bedrock reinforces their dedication to working with the public and private sectors for the benefit of all of the residents of Cleveland,” said Mayor Justin M. Bibb. “Reimagining and leveraging our waterfront positions us to deliver on the vision of a 15-minute city. Collaboration is key to our future as we pursue the Vision for the Valley, and the addition of Sir David Adjaye is a profound statement of Bedrock’s commitment.”


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About Bedrock 

Bedrock is a full-service real estate firm specializing in innovative city-building strategies, reaching far beyond the boundaries of bricks and mortar. Since its founding in 2011, Bedrock and its affiliates have invested and committed more than $5.6 billion to acquiring and developing more than 100 properties in Detroit and Cleveland, including landmark developments at the Hudson’s Site, the Book Tower restoration, City Modern and the May Company Building. Bedrock’s portfolio totals more than 22 million square feet of office, retail and residential space within new construction and adaptive reuse projects.

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About David Adjaye

Sir David Adjaye OBE is a Ghanaian-British architect who has received international acclaim for his impact on the field. In 2000, he founded Adjaye Associates, which today operates globally with studios in Accra, London, and New York with projects spanning the globe. Adjaye’s most well-known project to date, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture, opened in 2016 in Washington DC. Adjaye was awarded the 2021 RIBA Royal Gold Medal and, most recently, was named an inaugural recipient of the 2022 TIME100 Impact Awards. To view the Adjaye Associates portfolio, please visit