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
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."
Kere Architecture unveils plans for new Burkina Faso National Assembly
November 16th 2016 - March 26th 2017
Francis Kéré: Radically Simple
The Architekturmuseum der TU München presents the most comprehensive exhibition yet on Kéré’s work, covering both his completed designs and his ongoing projects. In addition to the buildings that he planned and realized in his home village of Gando, 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.
May 18th 2016
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
May 28th - November 27th 2016
15th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice Biennale
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.
May 14th - September 25th 2016
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
February 2, 2016
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!
May 15th, 2015
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
June 8th, 2015
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
June 25th - October 25th 2015
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.
June 18th - September 30th 2015
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.
April 14th, 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.
March 14th - August 13th 2015
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.
November 12th 2014
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.
July 3 2014
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
June 7 to November 23 2014
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.
November 26, 2013
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.
September 20, 2013
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
September 12th 2017
The Annual Stephen Lawrence Memorial Lecture
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.
June 12-18, 2017
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.
July 4 2017
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.
May 18th - June 11th 2017
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.
April 27th - 29th 2017
AIA Conference on Architecture 2017, Keynote
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.
March 11th - 14th 2017
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.
January 28th - 27th 2017
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.
December 1, 2016
Heinze ArchitekTOUR, Düsseldorf
Form Follows Resource
Francis Kéré will give a keynote for the 2016 cycle of Heinze ArchitekTOUR at the Alte Schmiedhallen in Düsseldorf.
October 15, 2016
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.
November 16th 2016 - February 26th 2017
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.
September 26th, 2016
University of Pennsylvania School of Design, Philadelphia
Building for Community: The Architecture of Francis Kéré
Francis Kéré is honored to give the Warren W. Cunningham Lecture celebrating the exhibition The Architecture of Francis Kéré: Building for Community, presented by PennDesign, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects.
June 8th, 2016
Architectural Record Innovation Conference 2016, San Francisco
Architecture and Making in the Post-Digital Age
Hosted by AIA San Francisco, the Architectural Record Innovation Conference brings together key figures who have generated a range of imaginative solutions for the built world today and for the future. Francis Kéré will deliver a keynote along with Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works Architecture. Registration
May 28th - November 27th, 2016
2016 Venice Biennale, Venice
15th International Architecture Exhibition
Kéré Architecture is proud to present 'In Pursuit of a new Ouagadougou' inthe central pavilion for the exhibition Reporting from the Front, curated by Alejandro Aravena.
June 2nd - September 25th, 2016
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.
May 14th - September 25th, 2016
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.
October 3rd, 2015 - January 3rd, 2016
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.
June 25th - October 25th, 2015
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.
March 14th - August 13th 2015
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.
May 21, 2015
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.
May 20, 2015
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.
May 05, 2015
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.
February 23, 2015
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.
January 23, 2015
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.