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Francis Kéré presents Sarbalé Ke at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2019

The 12 colorful towers created by Francis Kéré reference the baobab trees that claim a remarkable and dominant presence in his birthplace, Gando, Burkina Faso. “In my culture, the baobab is the most important tree,” he says. “It’s giant, and it has multiple uses as food and medicine. It’s the place where you get together, celebrate, and discuss. It also attracts animals. It is spiritual. Naturally, you will walk toward it.” The structures in Sarbalé Ke, “the House of Celebration” in Kéré’s native tongue, command the same power, some soaring taller than 60 feet and — with their joyful colors and deep shadows that provide valuable shaded spaces — exude the same welcoming appeal. The light is another important component. “In my culture where there is no light, no electricity, if we see a light we watch it for a while,” he says. “If it stays [illuminated] we walk toward it, and there will be a celebration.”

Kéré Architecture invited to Biennale Architettura 2018

We are very happy to announce that Kéré Architecture is invited to the 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, as part of the special section The Practice of Teaching

Francis Kéré awarded Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize

The American Academy of Arts and Letters has announced the recipients of its 2017 architecture awards. Intended to honor architects whose work is characterized by a strong personal direction, this year's winners were chosen from a group of 27 individuals and practices nominated by members of the Academy. On the jury, were Elizabeth Diller, Henry N. Cobb, Peter Eisenman, Kenneth Frampton, Hugh Hardy, Steven Holl, Thom Mayne, James Polshek, Robert A.M. Stern, Billie Tsien, and Tod Williams. The top prize, the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture, is given to a preeminent architect from any country who has made a significant contribution to architecture as art. Juror Billie Tsien said  Kéré "is an alchemist, working with local materials and technology - mud and hand labor - he has designed buildings of meaning and beauty" and has developed "an elegant and resourceful language of building." 

Francis Kéré announced as architect of the 2017 Serpentine Pavilion

The award-winning architect from Gando, Burkina Faso, has been commissioned to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2017, responding to the brief with a bold, innovative structure that brings his characteristic sense of light and life to the lawns of Kensington Gardens. Kéré is the seventeenth architect to accept the Serpentine Galleries' invitation to design a temporary Pavilion in its grounds. Since its launch in 2000, this annual commission of an international architect to build his or her first structure in London at the time of invitation has become one of the most anticipated events in the global cultural calender and a leading visitor attraction during London's summer season.

Visit Serpentine Pavilion 2017 project page

Francis Kéré becomes first african architect of Serpentine Pavilion, article in The Guardian by Oliver Wainwright

Original Announcement

 

Chicago Architectural Biennial

Kéré Architecture is proud to announce its participation at this year’s Chicago Architecture Biennial under the theme Make New History. Kére Architcture has been invited to re-imagine the landmark Chicago Tribune Tower and produce a new vertical vision that addresses the pressing issues of the twenty-first century. The 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial will showcase the work of over 140 international architects.

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EuroShop Retail Design Awards 2016

The Vitra Camper Pop-Up Store is one of three winners of the 2016 EuroShop Design Awards! Over 70 projects from 25 countries were submitted for 2016. An international jury selected this year's winners from 26 finalists. Criteria for the awards is an inspiring design, a clear message in terms of product range, an unambiguous appeal to a specific target group, and a very good corporate design. This year's ceremony took place in Shanghai during the C-star 2016, Shanghai's International Trade Fair for Solutions and Trends all about Retail

The Architecture of Francis Kéré: Building for Community

Kéré Architecture has designed a site-specific installation and exhibition featuring the architectural practice of Francis Kéré at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This exhibition sheds light on Kéré’s inventive approach to building, which views local expertise and materials as well as collective input as invaluable resources. In addition to sculpted spaces for visitors to gather, reflect, and converse, the exhibition features never-before-seen films, photography, and material artifacts taken from various construction projects in Africa as well as Europe. Official Announcement

ArchDaily 2016 Building of the Year Awards

The Vitra Camper Pop-Up Store has been nominated as a finalist for ArchDaily's 2016 Building of the Year Award! After reviewing and voting on over 3,000 projects, the ArchDaily readers have shortlisted 5 finalists per category and the Camper Store at Vitra Campus has been selected in the Commercial Architecture category. Check out our entry here - and don't forget to vote!

Kenneth Hudson Award, 2015

The European Museum of the Year Award committee has awarded the Kenneth Hudson Award to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum. The Kenneth Hudson Award is given in recognition of the most unusual and daring achievement that challenges common perceptions of the role of museums in society. Official Announcement

Meroe Royal Baths competition, Sudan, 1st Prize

Kéré Architecture has won 1st prize for a competition to design a protective shelter for ancient ruins of royal baths in the Meroe region of Sudan. The competition was initiated by the German Archaeological Institute. Official Announcement

AFRICA: Architecture, Culture, Identity

Kéré Architecture is honored to be included in AFRICA, the third and last in the series Architecture, Culture, and Identity at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. It focuses on the area called sub-Saharan Africa, the part of Africa south of the Sahara Desert. The aim of the exhibition is to shed light, by pinpointing a number of judiciously selected examples from a cultural here and now, on the complexity of the great continent and to help open the eyes of the public to a more varied view of the development and future prospects of this part of the world. 

Camper Pop-up Store @ Vitra Campus

The Camper Pop-up store aims to create a fully-functioning shop with an embedded atmosphere of virtual, sensory, and communal interfaces. The joint project from Vitra and Camper is the result of a shared passion for design and innovation, and is connected with the exhibition “Making Africa” currently on display at the Vitra Design Museum. Opened on June 18, the project can be visited at the Buckminster Fuller Dome on the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein until mid-September 2015.

The State of the Art of Architecture

Kéré Architecture has been announced as a participant in the first ever Chicago Architecture Biennial which will provide a platform for groundbreaking architectural projects and spatial experiments that demonstrate how creativity and innovation can radically transform our lived experience. Through a constellation of exhibitions, full-scale installations, and a program of events, the Biennial will invite the public to engage with and think about architecture in new and unexpected ways, and to take part in a global discussion on the future of the field.

Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design

Showcasing the work over 120 artist and designers including Kéré Architecture, this major exhibition by the Vitra Design Museum focuses on a new generation of entrepreneurs and thinkers from and within Africa. Africa is presented as a hub of experimentation generating new approaches and solutions of worldwide relevance - and as a driving force for a new discussion of the potential of design in the twenty-first century. All of the works presented are underpinned by a quest to address questions of material culture and everyday aesthetics. The exhibition will be open from March 14th to August 13th before traveling to the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Autumn 2015.

2014 Schelling Architecture Foundation Award, Winner

Diébédo Francis Kéré has been announced as winner of the prestegious 2014 Schelling Architecture Foundation Architecture Award. The theme of this year’s prize, indigenous ingenuity, invokes a multitude of important issues regarding the future of architecture and construction. The Foundation also honored Juhani Pallasmaa as winner of the Schelling Architecture Theory Prize.

Oxford-Kaserne competition, Münster-Gievenbeck, 1st Prize

Kéré Architecture has won 1st prize for the competition to redevelop the 80-year old Oxford Barracks for the community of Münster-Gievenbeck. The proposal renegotiates the rigid military compound to allow for better accessibility, sustainability, and livability for current and future residents. Partners in the proposal are BBZ Landschaftsarchitekten and Schultz-Granberg Städtebau + Architektur. Baunetz Announcement

MUDWALL, Venice Biennale

As part of the Fundamentals exhibition curated by Rem Koolhaas, the MUDWALL will be on display at the  14th International Exhibition of Architecture in Venice and open to the public from June 7th to November 23rd. Made with clay, sand, and straw, this small-scale construction is the result of a 25-student workshop organized by the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio in conjunction with Francis Kéré.

Taylor Barracks Mannheim, constricted competition, 1st Prize

Kéré Architecture has won the first prize to develop a urban design for a former barracks terrain in Mannhein, Germany. Together with the landscape architects ManMadeLand they have submitted a concept with a strong urban park that convinced the commitee.Read more about the project here.

TEDCity2.0: Dream me. Build me. Make me real.

TEDCity2.0 is a day-long TED event for urban innovators, organizers, stewards and builders - with live speakers, global conversations and activities. On September 20, 2013, TEDCity2.0 will commence at the TimesCenter in New York City from 9am-5pm EST. Co-curated and co-hosted by Chris Anderson, John Cary, and Courtney Martin, the event will surface stories of urban ingenuity and interdependence from across the globe, and feature an unexpected mix of over 20 speakers, including several 2012 City 2.0 Award winners.

Live-streamed for free, the TEDCity2.0 anchor event will coincide with self organized TEDxCity2.0 events over a 48-hour period. TEDx communities worldwide will envision the cities of our future and share big ideas about collaborative action and sustainable solutions.

Speakers-Blog Diébédo Francis Kéré: Community-minded architect

Conferences and Exhibitions

On Cities Programme of the Norman Foster Foundation

Francis Kéré served as an Academic Body Member at the On Cities Programme of the Norman Foster Foundation. 

2019 Journée de l'Architecture et de l'Urbanisme

Francis Kéré made an intervention at the 2019 Journée de l'Architecture et de l'Urbanisme in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. 

Lycée Schorge at "Social Design" Exhbition at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg

Kéré Architecture presented Lycée Schorge at the "Social Design" Exhibition. "Social Design" is an exhibition organized for the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich by its curator Angeli Sachs. The exhibition in Hamburg is supported by the Ernst August Bester Foundation, the Hans Brökel Foundation for Science and Culture and the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F.V.S.. The show was adapted in collaboration with the Studio Experimentelles Design of the Hochschule für bildende Kunst Hamburg.

‘Building Community’ Talk and Moderated Conversation

In cooperation with mono.kultur and the Deutsches Architektur Zentrum in Berlin Kreuzberg, Kéré Architecture had the honor of hosting an evening on the theme of ‘Building Community’, in celebration of mono.kultur issue #46

 

Can architecture create a sense of community? Is architecture a social act? These are among the themes Francis Kéré addressed in a presentation, which was followed by a moderated conversation between Kéré, mono.kultur author Fiona Shipwright, and the creative director of the DAZ, Matthias Böttger.

"Racism. the Invention of Human Races" on display at Deutsches-Hygiene Museum

The exhibition "Racism. the Invention of Human Races." for which Kéré Architecture designed the scenography, was on display at Deutsches-Hygiene Museum, until January 6th, 2019. 

Sustainable Development in Africa Keynote Lecture

Francis Kéré served as the Sustainable Development in Africa Keynote Speaker at the Technische Universität München Arika-Symposium, held at Ernst-Schmidt-Hörsaal, Fakultät für Maschinenwesen, TUM Campus Garching, Munich, Germany.

Further information about the program is available here.

Keynote Speaker at the AIA Architecture Exchange East 2018

Francis Kéré gave the Keynote Lecture at the American Institute of Architects 2018 Architecture Exchange East. More information about the lecture is available here. 

Lycée Schorge at "Social Design" Exhbition at the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich

Curated by Angeli Sachs, the exhibition "Social Design" at the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich featured Kéré Architecture's Lycée Schorge project as an example of an initiative that explores new typologies of social architecture and design. 

"Francis Kéré. Primary Elements" at Museo ICO, Madrid

Curated by Luis Fernández-Galiano, the exhibition ‘Francis Kéré. Primary Elements’ at Museo ICO in Madrid (03 October 2018 - 03 February 2019) opens October 3rd, at 7pm. The exhibition offered an overview of Kéré Architecture's work and practice through a selection of 27 projects and 6 installations, including the Gando Primary School in Burkina Faso.

Lecture at the Architecture and Art '18 International Congress

Keynote Address at the College of Fellows Convocation

Francis Kéré delivered the keynote address of the Fellows Convocation during the Festival of Architecture 2018 in St John New Brunswick, Canada.

Meetings on Architecture #01 at the Biennale Architettura 2018

Francis Kéré had the honor of joining Paolo Baratta, Shelley McNamara, Yvonne Farrell, Marina Tabassum, Michael Maltzan and Dorte Mandrup at the Teatro Piccolo Arsenale, Venice on the occasion of the Biennale Architettura 2018. The conversation is available here.

"Work Report" for the 29th Arthur H. Schein Memorial Lecture

Francis Kéré presented "Work Report" for the 29th Arthur H. Schein Memorial Lecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston. 

2018 Curt Schafer Memorial Lecture

Francis Kéré traveled to Phoenix for The Design School at ASU's 2018 Curt Schafer Memorial Lecture at Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. This free lecture featured a unique discussion based on Francis' approach to design and impact on community. The presentation is available online here. 

DLD Conference 2018

Francis Kéré was in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist on the occasion of the DLD Conference 2018. Titled "Think Global, Build Social" their conversation is available online here

Louder Than Words: Global Leaders on the Frontline of Culture

Francis Kéré joined seven extraordinary, creative leaders from Brazil, China, Yemen, Tunisia, Colombia, India for the Louder Than Words: Global Leaders on the Frontline of Culture conference. On the occasion of the 2017 Prince Claus Awards, the seven Prince Claus Laureates took the stage to tell their stories and discuss today's crucial questions: How can the arts contribute to more inclusive societies? What is culture's role in tackling environmental issues? Francis Kéré's brief lecture is available here. 

The Annual Stephen Lawrence Memorial Lecture

Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust

Francis Kéré is honored to join Spencer de Grey and Simone de Gale as a speaker for the 2017 Stephen Lawrence Memorial Lecture, hosted by the Royal Institute of British Architecture in London. Proceeds benefit the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, an organization that works to support young people aged 13 to 30 to help them access the knowledge, skills and qualifications they need to pursue their career of choice.

RIBA International Conference, Key speaker

Change in the City: Opportunities for architects in the New Urban Agenda

Agreed at the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat) conference in October, the New Urban Agenda is a global strategy addressing the key issues affecting housing and sustainable urbanisation over the next two decades. The Royal Institute of British Architects is proud to host this series of talks in London, exploring and highlighting the expertise that architects can offer in the creating of 21st -century worldwide cities.

American Academy of Arts & Letters Ceremonial Exhibition

Exhibition of Works by Newly Elected Members and Recipients of Honors and Awards

The American Academy of Arts and Letters is pleased to announce its exhibition of works by newly elected members and recipients of honors and awards. Among those exhibited this year is Francis Kéré, Theaster Gates, Paul Goldberger, Walter Hood, and John Ronan. Works will be on view at the Academy galleries located on the historic Audobon Terrace in New York City.

AIA Conference on Architecture 2017, Keynote

Anticipate need, challenge, change

Building a better tomorrow takes creativity, vision, dedication, and the power to anticipate. Join us in Orlando as we explore this year’s theme—anticipate—and what it means to anticipate need, challenge, and change in architecture and design. At its core, this event is about architecture. It’s about designing a better world and giving form to innovation and bold solutions. It’s about tapping into the collective intellect and entrepreneurial spirit of architects and design professionals who are shaping our industry. And it’s about moving our communities, our profession, and ourselves forward.

MEXTROPOLI, Mexico City

FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE ARQUITECTURA Y CIUDAD

MEXTRÓPOLI positions Mexico City as the most important and diverse scenario for thinking, creating, designing and enjoying the city by fostering creative, critical and participatory exercise through conferences, dialogues, workshops, routes, exhibitions, pavilions and activities. MEXTRÓPOLI is the only forum in Latin America that gathers in 4 days more than 52 thousand people designing city: students, citizens, professionals, tourists, creative, public servants, artists, opinion leaders and experts in the matter to generate knowledge, exchange and a New vision of city through architecture. 

Engadin Art Talks, Zuoz

Snow and Desert

The aim of the E.A.T./Engadin Art Talks is to facilitate unique interaction and exchange between artists, architects, curators and art enthusiasts in an intimate and informal setting and, in this way, perpetuate the history of the Engadin as a place of intensive creative activity and discourse. The talks are led by the internationally renowned curators  Daniel Baumann, Director Kunsthalle Zurich, Bice Curiger, Director Fondation Van Gogh Arles, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director at the Serpentine Gallery in London, and Philip Ursprung, Professor ETH Zürich.

Milano Arch Week 2017, Milan

Milano Arch Week

Francis Kéré will be giving a lecture at the Triennale as part of Milano Arch Week 2017. Other speakers include Benedetta Tagliabue, Carme Pigem, Winy Maas, Peter Eisenman and Eizabeth Diller.

Mi/Arch 2016, Milan

Politecnico di Milano

Francis Kéré is honored to participate in the 2016 edition of Mi/Arch. Other speakers include Solano Benitez, Greg Lynn, Kazuyo Sejima, and Michele De Lucchi.

Francis Kéré: Radically Simple, Munich

Pinakothek der Moderne

In close partnership with Kéré Architecture, Architekturmuseum der TU München is proud to present the most comprehensive exhibition yet on Kéré’s work. The exhibition displays projects in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. The exhibition guides visitors through the unique personal and professional life-journey of the architect through a series of site-specific installations and video projections.

2016 Venice Biennale, Venice

15th International Architecture Exhibition

Curated by Alejandro Aravena, Reporting from the Front features 88 participants from 37 different countries with 50 of them participating for the first time and 33 architects under the age of 40. Kéré Architecture is proud to present the exhibition In Pursuit of a new Ouagadougou in the central pavilion. The project focuses on the destruction and future rebuilding of the parliament house in Burkina Faso's capital city.

 

Arc en Rêve, Centre d'architecture, Bordeaux

Constellation.s: Habiter le Monde

Constellation.s will feature experiments, testimonials, processes and situations which shed light on possible new horizons for living together in our complex societies. Constellation.s will provide a forum for thought, in order to make the new conditions for human habitation intelligible; it will highlight practices that take the risk of making the future meaningful;
 and it will provide an opportunity to share innovative processes that can point to new ways of inhabiting the world.


Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia

The Architecture of Francis Kéré: Building for Community

Kéré Architecture has designed a site-specific installation and exhibition featuring the architectural practice of Francis Kéré. This exhibition sheds light on Kéré’s inventive approach to building, which views local expertise and materials as well as collective input as invaluable resources.


Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago

Chicago Architecture Biennial 

Offering visitors a chance to rest and connect in a direct and informal way, the Place for Gathering was designed by Kéré Architecture for the first ever architecture biennial in the United States. Through a constellation of exhibitions, full-scale installations, and a program of events, the Biennial invites the public to engage with and think about architecture in new and unexpected ways, and to take part in a global discussion on the future of the field. 


Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek

AFRICA: Architecture, Culture, Identity

Kéré Architecture is honored to be included in AFRICA, the third and last in the series Architecture, Culture, and Identity at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. The aim of the exhibition is to shed light on the complexity of the great continent and to help open the eyes of the public to a more varied view of the development and future prospects of this part of the world.

Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein

Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design

Showcasing the work over 120 artist and designers including Kéré Architecture, this major exhibition  focuses on a new generation of entrepreneurs and thinkers from and within Africa.

What Design Can Do, Amsterdam

What Design Can Do

What Design Can Do is an international platform about the power of design. Design is promoted as a catalyst of change, renewal, and a way of addressing the societal questions of our time. By showcasing best practices and visions, What Design Can Do aims to raise awareness among the public for the potential of creativity.

Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, Barcelona

Beyond Building Barcelona

In tandem with the ceramicist Toni Cumella, Francis Kéré will give an intimate introduction to his work and creative approach at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion.

Quality of Life Conference, New York

Quality of Life

With 49 speakers from 14 countries, the first ever Quality of Life Conference gathers the world's most innovative leaders and thinkers to share experiences and ideas about how to improve Quality of Life for all. Representing business, science, healthcare, education, architecture, even mindfulness, the goal of the conference is to change the way we think about our future prosperity and communal well-being.

Dome of Visions, Copenhagen

Dome of Visions

As a kick-off to the Winter Academy at the Dome of Visions in Copenhagen, Francis Kéré will give a lecture focused on the challenges of sustainable building practices in rural Africa and abroad.

Social Architecture: Building in Africa, Munich

The Future of Building

Among many other notable architects and builders, Francis Kéré will be lecturing about his work in Africa as part of the BAU 2015 Conference at Messe München. Please follow the link for further details.