African Francis Kéré awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize for 2022

Pritzker Prize

Kéré, while founded his practice in Berlin, established his reputation for buildings that are more environmentally friendly, using local and readily available materials, and designing structures that do not need air conditioning.

On 15 March 2022, the Burkina Faso born, Francis Kéré was the first African to be awarded the Pritzker Prize.

Kéré, while founded his practice in Berlin, established his reputation for buildings that are more environmentally friendly, using local and readily available materials, and designing structures that do not need air conditioning.

He continues to firmly stand by his principal. "Less energy is good for the world and that is important in my structures wherever possible, I try to see what is locally most available so that I can use it in a building. I try to minimize our costs in terms of material costs because the construction sector is one of the highest burdens for climate change, and the crisis that we have" said Kéré One of his leading projects was London’s prestigious Serpentine Pavilion of 2017. For the first time, an African architect has designed it. He took center stage at the famous landmark, that has become a global architectural and design event. The Burkinabe architect used the pavilion as a platform to discuss the impact of climate change and humanity’s communal responsibility to preserve the natural environment. His projects in his home-land and on the African continent continue to serve communities responsibly and relentlessly.

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