Diébédo Francis Kéré was born in 1965 in Gando, Burkina Faso and studied at the Technical University of Berlin. Parallel to his studies, he established the Kéré Foundation (formerly Schulbausteine für Gando e.V.), and in 2005 he founded Kéré Architecture.
His architectural practice has been recognized nationally and internationally with awards including the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (2004) for his first building, a primary school in Gando, Burkina Faso, and the Global Holcim Award 2012 Gold. Kéré has undertaken projects in varied countries including Burkina Faso, Mali, Germany and Switzerland. In 2017 the Serpentine Galleries commissioned him to design the Serpentine Pavilion in London. He has held professorships at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Swiss Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio). In 2017 he accepted the professorship for "Architectural Design and Participation" at TU München (Germany).
Kéré continues to reinvest knowledge back into Burkina Faso and other sites across four different continents. He has developed innovative construction strategies that combine traditional building techniques and materials with modern engineering methods.
Kéré’s work has recently been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Architekturmuseum in Munich and the Philadelphia Museum of Art (both in 2016) and his work has been selected for group exhibitions such as: Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement, at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2010) and Sensing Spaces, at the Royal Academy, London (2014).
Principal and Founder: Francis Kéré
Staff: Sophie Agne, Jeanne Autran-Edorh, Juan Carlos Zapata Baldrich, Claudia Buhmann, Kinan Deeb, Linda Franken, Jaime Herraiz, Johanna Lehmann, Inès Léopoldie-Dubois, Andrea Maretto, Josephine Richard, Vincenzo Salierno, Greta Nina Tescari, Lina Wittfoht, Andrea Zaia, Alexandra Zervudachi
Previous Staff: Adriana Arteaga, Armin Antkowiak, Rozenn Baly, Franziska Behrendt, Ines Bergdolt, Valentin Bettinger, Valentin Billhardt, Monica Lamela Blazquez, Laura Bornet, Yasmin Bremer, Alice Busani, Orsola Carraro, Cloé Collet, Samuel Perea Diaz, Emmanuel Dorsaz, Nanna Friis, Raquel Font, Pedro Montero Gosalbez, Olivier Gondouin, Damien Greder, Linda Heiß, 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, Valeria Molinari, 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, Blake Villwock, Judith Wach
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.
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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 / Serpentine Pavilion 2017
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 exhibition
Laurian Ghinitoiu / Serpentine Pavilion
Tom Harris@Hedrich Blessing / Chicago Biennial Gathering Place / Chicago Tribune Tower
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
Lorenz Cugini / Betty Barclay Shop Concept