Kaira Looro Architecture Competition for a Peace Pavilion in Senegal, A memorial for the Innocent Victims of War in Africa

Kaira Looro International Architecture Competition recently announced a new contest for a Peace Pavilion in Senegal, open to architects, designers and students from around the world.

Registration for the contest will open on 18th January 2019 in Early Registration phase. Participants are permitted to register either as individuals or teams. There will be cash prizes to 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place, mentions and finalists. The winning team will be have the opportunity to do an internship at the Kengo Kuma Office in Tokyo.

Competition Brief

“Peace is a dream, it can become a reality… but to build it we must be capable of dreaming.”

Nelson Mandela

Inter-cultural hostility and the exploitation of resources on the African continent have triggered a succession of armed conflicts resulting in millions of innocent lives lost and refugees seeking hope in a better life elsewhere. Communities annihilated. Villages and cities torn to the ground. Nations in chaos. Remembering the victims through the universal value of peace can help to lay the foundation for the creation of an inclusive and cohesive society. Contemplation, memory, and compassion are the values that commemorative architecture must convey in order to build a better world.


The Jury is composed of internationally acclaimed architects including:

Kengo Kuma

Kengo Kuma & Associates – Tokyo

Diana Lopez Caramazana

Un-Habitat – Nairobi

Toshiki Hirano

University of Tokyo – Tokyo

Jean Paul Sebuhayi Uwase

Mass Design – Kigali

Agostino Ghirardelli

Blengini Ghirardelli Associati – Milan

Urko Sanchez

Urko Sanchez Architects – Nairobi

Noella Nibakuze

Mass Design – Kigali


1st prize
4.000€ – Construction – Internship at Kengo Kuma & Associates in Tokyo

2nd prize
1.000€ – Publication on the book and magazines – Certificate

3rd prize
500€ – Publication on the book and magazines – Certificate

1 Honorable Mentions elected by Kengo Kuma
150€ – Publication on the book and magazines – Certificate

1 Honorable Mention elected by Balouo Salo
150€ – Publication on the book and magazines – Certificate

5 Special Mentions
Publication on the book and magazines – Certificate

20 Finalists
Publication on the book and magazines – Certificat 2019


Early registration 
From 18th January to 11th February 2019

Normal registration 
From 12nd February to 10th March 2019

Late registration 
From 05th March to 31st April, 2019

Submission deadline 
18th April 2019

Winners announced 
4th May 2019

All awarded teams will be presented with an official certificate from the competition.

All awarded projects will be published in the competition’s official book and on its website, transmitted to architectural websites and other architectural contexts, and displayed at architectural events. The projects may also be published in national and international architecture magazines.

To find out more about the competition, visit the official website.

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