Kéré Architecture Kéré Architecture


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:  Adriana Arteaga, Laura Bornet, Linda Franken, Damien Greder, Jaime Herraiz, Johanna Lehmann, Andrea Maretto, Valeria Molinari, Vincenzo Salierno, Greta Nina Tescari, Blake Villwock

Previous Staff:  Armin Antkowiak, Rozenn Baly, Franziska Behrendt, Ines Bergdolt, Valentin Bettinger, Monica Lamela Blazquez, Yasmin Bremer, Claudia Buhmann, Alice Busani, Samuel Perea Diaz, Emmanuel Dorsaz, Nanna Friis, Raquel Font, Pedro Montero Gosalbez, Olivier Gondouin, 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, 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, Judith Wach


Photography Credits

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

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 exhibitoin

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 



Kéré Architecture
Arndtstraße 34
10965 Berlin

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:

  • Proficiency in Autocad, Rhino3d, and Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Written and spoken fluencies in english and german with a basic knowledge of french.
  • All applicants must be eligible to work in Germany.



Value Added Tax Identification Number (USt-IdNr.): DE244195531

Registration: Architektenkammer Berlin, 2005 September 23, Nr. 11817, Freischaffender Architekt

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