Francis Kéré

Diébédo Francis Kéré founded Kéré Architecture in 2005 in Berlin. He was born in 1965 in Gando, Burkina Faso and trained at the Technical University of Berlin. His architectural practice has been recognised nationally and internationally with awards including the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (2004) for his first building, a primary school in Gando, Burkina Faso. Projects undertaken by Kéré span countries including Burkina Faso, Mali, Germany and Switzerland and he has taught internationally including the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Kéré continues to reinvest knowledge back into Burkina Faso and sites across four different continents. He has developed innovative construction strategies that combine traditional materials and building techniques with modern engineering methods.
Kéré’s work has recently been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Architecture Museum in Munich and Philadelphia Museum of Art (both 2016) and his work has been selected for group exhibitions: Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2010) and Sensing Spaces, Royal Academy, London (2014).