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
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.