24 Mar Francis Kéré: the winner of 2022 Pritzker architecture award
Diébédo Francis Kéré (Gando, Burkina Faso, 56 years old) has become the winner of the 2022 Pritzker Prize. The first African architect to obtain the most important award in the world of architecture.
The jury thus rewards a way of practicing architecture in different latitudes of the world: the adaptation of local techniques as an effective response to the climate crisis and the scarcity of resources.
Kéré achieves a delicate balance between the reformulation of local techniques and excellent design, understanding that his works also function as urban beacons that provide shelter, services and tools to the community in natural environments where it is never clear what the limit is between the project and landscape.
As seen in their projects built in West Africa, their design is the result of combining basic needs, limited budgets, convincing communities to work as a team, and a definition of sustainability based on revaluing and adapting the vernacular techniques of the community for their use. own benefit. Of course, without sacrificing the beauty of architecture.
His works include the Lions Club Campus — a residence for students in Kenya —, multipurpose centers and institutes in Mozambique and Uganda or buildings in Denmark, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States.
We should also mention his pavilions such as the Vitra + Camper Store in Germany, the Courtyard Village in Italy and the 2017 Serpentine Pavilion in London.