Thursday 17 March 2022

Pritzker Architecture Prize 2022 | Diébédo Francis Kéré (b 1965, Gando): a new world made in Burkina Faso 🇧🇫

Africans making history: 2022 Pritzker Prize - the architecture's most prestigious award - was awarded to Burkina Faso-born architect Diébédo Francis Kéré, first African citizen to win the honor in its more than 40-year history: Kéré was recognised for intertwining social justice in his body of work that "empowers and transforms communities through the process of architecture". 

Kéré has become the first African Architect to be awarded with the Pritzker Prize: the 56-year-old architect has received the major awards for his sustainable designs in buildings in Mali and China. Kéré was hailed for his pioneering designs that are sustainable to the earth and its inhabitants in lands of extreme scarcity. Pritzker said “He is equally architect and servant, improving upon the lives and experiences of countless citizens in a region of the world that is at times forgotten…"

Unlike traditional school buildings, which used concrete, Kere's innovative design combined local clay, fortified with cement to form bricks that helped retain cooler air inside. Kéré is renowned for building schools, health facilities, housing, civic buildings and public spaces across Africa, including Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Togo, Kenya, Mozambique, Togo and Sudan.

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