Francis Kéré, the 2022 Pritzker winner from Burkina Faso
Kéré belongs to a small group of non-investor promoters who promote social change. His election as the winner of the Pritzker Prize represents a paradigm shift in the history of this award and a radical transformation in the value scale of architecture.
The eldest son of a village chief in Gando (Burkina Faso), Diébédo Francis Kéré graduated as an architect at the age of 30, in 2004. He became a developer while studying architecture, and built the first Primary School in Gando, with a fixed idea in his head: that the students will not get hot. Today, the school houses 700 students.
The achievements of Francis Kéré
The Kéré eV Foundation has contributed to the creation of infrastructure in Gando, in Burkina Faso. They have projects in the fields of education, the environment and health.
Last year, Kéré completed the Lions Club Campus in Kenya, a residence for information technology students, specially designed to protect from the sun and lower the temperature of the building.
His most current project is the construction of a parliament in Porto-Novo, the capital of Benin, and he has already planned another for the capital of his country, Ouagadougou.
By winning the Pritzker, Kéré declared that he hoped to push people to dream and take risks, to take the future into their own hands.