Burkinabé-German Architect, Diébédo Francis Kéré was announced as the Praemium Imperiale Laureate for Architecture. His work on many sustainable architectural projects in his home country of Burkina Faso and throughout Africa contributed greatly to this honour.
Francis Kere’s recognition as a Laureate for Praemium Imperiale underscores his dedication to architecture that empowers communities, celebrates local culture, and addresses environmental challenges. His work is a testament to the profound impact that visionary architects can have on the world, transcending mere design to serve as a beacon of hope and progress for all.
Kéré’s remarkable journey is marked by significant milestones, from founding the Kéré Foundation to being recognized with prestigious awards and honors like the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2004. His dedication to architectural excellence has earned him accolades such as the Swiss Architectural Award, the Marcus Prize, and the Prince Claus Awards, among others. He has also been a trailblazer in architectural academia, serving as a professor at the Technical University of Munich and making substantial contributions to the field.
Yes, you know it. I have won a lot of awards through this work. For sure, it has opened opportunities. I have become myself known. But the reason why I do what I do is my community.
Diébédo Francis Kéré | TEDCity2.0 | September 2013