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Diébédo 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, he was the only child allowed to attend school. After excelling in his studies, Kéré was awarded a scholarship to apprentice in Germany. He then attended the Technische Universität in Berlin where he earned his diploma in Architecture and Engineering. While still a student, Kéré established the Kéré Foundation (Schulbusteine für Gando e.V.) in 1998. Parallel to his studies, he began to raise money for the purpose of building a school in his home village. Despite major economic and logistical challenges, Kéré set his focus towards reinvesting his knowledge back into his home community in Burkina Faso. Using his formal training as an architect, he developed strategies for innovative construction by combining traditional Burkinabé building techniques and materials with modern engineering methods. In order to realize his goal, Francis Kéré partnered closely with his community, demonstrating to them the possibility and potential for innovation that could benefit their village for years to come.

The Primary School was completed in 2001 and received the Aga Khan Award for Architecture for its elegant and simple design using basic construction techniques. Following the success of this project, Kéré became acutely aware of further challenges Gando faced. He developed plans for a School Extension, School Library, Secondary School, Teacher’s Housing, Songtaaba Women's Center, and a research center for Ecological and sustainable building practices known as the Atelier. Since founding Kéré Architecture in 2005, his work has been recognized with numerous prestigious awards such as the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture, the BSI Swiss Architectural Award, the Marcus Prize, the Global Holcim Gold Award, and the Schelling Architecture Award. His work in Burkina Faso has earned him an honorary fellowship for the American Institute of Architects and a membership of the Royal Institute of British Architects. He has held professorships at the Harvard Graduate School of Design as well as the 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, 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
Fax: +49 30 78952398






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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