Francis Kéré is a German-trained architect from the small West African town of Gando in Burkina Faso. As the first son of the head of his village, his father allowed his son to attend school even though many villagers considered conventional western education to be a waste of time. He was eventually awarded a scholarship to apprentice in Germany, where he went on to earn a university degree in architecture and engineering. Parallel to his studies, he founded the Kéré Foundation (formerly Schulbausteine für Gando e.V.) to fund the construction of the Gando Primary School which earned the prestigious Aga Khan Award in 2001. 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. Since founding Kéré Architecture in 2005, his work has earned numerous prestigious awards such as the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture, BSI Swiss Architectural Award, Marcus Prize, Global Holcim Gold Award, and Schelling Architecture Award.
Kéré was granted the honor of chartered membership of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in 2009, and honorary fellowship of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) in 2012. He has held professorships at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Swiss Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio.
Principal and Founder: Francis Kéré
Staff: Juan Carlos Zapata Baldrich, Claudia Buhmann, Cloé Collet, Linda Franken, Jaime Herraiz, Johanna Lehmann, Andrea Maretto, Vincenzo Salierno, Greta Nina Tescari, Andrea Zaia
Previous Staff: Adriana Arteaga, Armin Antkowiak, Rozenn Baly, Franziska Behrendt, Ines Bergdolt, Valentin Bettinger, Monica Lamela Blazquez, Laura Bornet, Yasmin Bremer, Alice Busani, Samuel Perea Diaz, Emmanuel Dorsaz, Nanna Friis, Raquel Font, Pedro Montero Gosalbez, Olivier Gondouin, Damien Greder, Daniel Heuermann, Jerome Byron Hord, Maddalena Iovene, Jin Gul David Jun, Stefanie Kammeyer, Luis Kann, Jamie Keats, Moumini Kéré, Donat Kirschner, Fabian Klemp, Benjamin Koziczinski, Hannah Kümmerle, Jeannette Kunsmann, Jenny Kurth, Franziska Laue, Matthew MacKay-Lyons, Diego Sologuren Martin, Oriol Domínguez Martinez, Dominique Mayer, Isabelle McKinnon, Marta Migliorini, Marina Martínez De Aguirre Miral, Valeria Molinari, Galina Möller, Yara Pavel, Julia Philips, Moritz Rieke, Meike Schnackenberg, Dessislawa Stoyanova, Emanuela Smiglak, Tamara Speil, Nick Thorne, Ren Tian, Lukas Veltrusky, Jesús Salcedo Villanueva, Blake Villwock, Judith Wach
Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Primary School Gando / Photography by Siméon Duchoud
Iwan Baan / National Park of Mali / Centre de L'architecture en terre / Lycée Schorge Secondary School / Léo Surgical Clinic and Health Center / Noomdo Orphanage / Serpentine Pavilion 2017
James Bassett-Cann / Colorscape
Camper / Camper Barcelona Store
Enrico Cano / Primary School Gando, Burkina Faso / School extension Gando / Secondary School Dano
Giovanni Desandre for Casone / Courtyard Village
Alain Germond / The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum permanent exhibition
Laurian Ghinitoiu / Serpentine Pavilion
Tom Harris@Hedrich Blessing / Chicago Biennial Gathering Place
Matthias Kestel / Radically Simple
MATERIA / Benga Riverside
Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk /Primary School Gando / Teachers housing Gando / School extension Gando / Secondary School Dano / Opera Village / Louisiana Canopy / About page
Philadelphia Museum of Art. Photography by Timothy Tiebout / Colorscape / The Architecture of Francis Kéré: Building with Community
Alberto Pottenghi / Atelir Gando
Luca Peruzzi / Building Realities Pavilion
Royal Academy of Arts / Sensing Spaces / Photography by Benedict Johnson and James Harris
Daniel Schwartz / Radically Simple
Andreas Schwaiger of Holcim Foundation / Awards page
Vitra. Photography by Eduardo Perez / Camper Pop-up Store
Robert Zdanowski / Chicago Biennial Gathering Place
Telephone: +49 30 78952391
Working across continents from Africa to Europe, we strive to engage localities in our design and construction approach. Our philosophy of providing more with less fosters innovation and resourcefulness in our practice, using local materials, local knowledge, and local technologies to create holistic and sustainable design solutions. We believe that architecture can be a vehicle for collective expression and empowerment, which is why we work closely with local communities in all phases of design from planning to construction. By supporting the educational, cultural, and civic needs of local communities with provocative and dignifying design, we will continue to raise awareness towards the sustainable and economic issues facing populations in rural Africa and beyond.
If you would like to be considered for employment or internship opportunites at Kéré Architecture, we ask that you submit your application as a hard copy. Applications should include CV, portfolio, and a cover letter. Please note that due to a high submission rate, not all applicants will receive a feedback. Minimum requirements include:
Kéré Architecture is seeking an individual with 3+ years experience in PR and graphic design to join our team in Berlin.
Responsibilities will include managing a large amount of PR and press requests, maintaining our website and social media appearances, crafting texts for publications as well as managing our image library.
Excellent command of the English language is a must. Proficiency in InDesign, Photoshop and
Microsoft Office are essential. A background of architectural practice and/or architectural writing is highly valued.
Please send your application to career(at)kere-architecture.com
Value Added Tax Identification Number (USt-IdNr.): DE244195531
Registration: Architektenkammer Berlin, 2005 September 23, Nr. 11817, Freischaffender Architekt
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