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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." 

The awards will be presented in New York City in May at the Academy's annual Ceremonial. Work by the winners will be featured in the Exhibition of Works by Newly Elected Members and Recipients of Honors and Awards, on view in the Academy's galleries on Audubon Terrace.



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.

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

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Lycée Schorge is now Open!

Located in Koudougou, the third most populated city in Burkina Faso, the Lycée Schorge Secondary School not only sets a new standard for educational excellence in the region, it also provides a source of inspiration by showcasing locally-sourced building materials in an innovative and modern way. For more information, please visit the Lycée Schorge Secondary School project page. Read more about this project on Architectural Record



Volksbühne Satellite Theater announced for Tempelhof Airport in Berlin

Kéré Architecture has been chosen to lead the design of a temporary performance center for Berlin theater company Volksbühne. The goal of the project is to foster a new type of theater experience conducive to collaboration, improvisation, and communication. The structure will offer the diverse community a physical, tangible, and direct experience of theater, dance and music outside the boundaries of a traditional theater setting.


Upcoming Events


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.

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Serpentine Pavilion

Serpentine Galleries

Francis Kéré is the seventeenth architect to accept the Serpentine Galleries’ invitation to design a temporary Pavilion in its grounds. Kéré’s Serpentine Pavilion will host a programme of events exploring questions of community and rights to the city, as well as the continuation of Park Nights, the Serpentine’s public performance series, supported by COS. Now in its third year, Build Your Own Pavilion, the digital platform and nationwide architecture campaign supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, will invite young people to consider the relationship between architecture and public space, to ask critical questions about the future of their cities and to design the cities in which they would like to live.


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.