Diébédo Francis Kéré

Diébédo Francis Kéré


© Erik Jan Ouwerkerk


Diébédo Francis Kéré is a world-famous architect born and raised in Gando, a small village in Burkina Faso. After finishing his school education in Burkina Faso, he moved to Germany to study architecture at the Technical University of Berlin, graduating in 2004.

Nowadays he is a professor at the Architectural Academy of Italian Swiss University in Mendrisio.

During his studies, Mr. Kéré founded the Kéré Foundation (formerly known as Schulbausteine für Gando) in order to fund the construction of a primary school in his native village. The school was completed in 2001 and earned the prestigious Aga Khan Award. Ever since, Mr. Kéré has continued his commitment to reinvesting his architectural knowledge into Burkina Faso. By combining traditional local building practices and materials with modern designs and engineering methods he has not only created beautiful modern buildings, but also contributed to the improvement of living and working conditions in his home country through a visionary approach to architecture.

In 2005, Mr. Kéré founded Kéré Architecture in Berlin. His work has earned numerous international prizes, including the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture (2009), the BSI Swiss Architectural Award (2010), the Marcus Prize (2011), the Global Holcim Gold Award (2012), and the Schelling Architecture Award (2014). Most recently, he received the prestigious commission to design the 2017 Serpentine Pavilion.

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