Francis Kéré has developed innovative strategies that combine materials and traditional construction methods with modern engineering techniques. Since the establishment of his own practice in 2005, his work has reappeded a great recognition, with prizes like the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture, the BSI Swiss Architectural Award, the Marcus Prize, Global Holcim Gold Award, and the SchellingArchitecture Award.
“Francis Kéré. Primary elements”
October 3 – January 20, 2018
ICO Foundation Museum
C/ Zorrilla, 3 Madrid
Born in a small village in Burkina Faso, he was the first child in the village to be sent to school. He received a scholarship to study in Germany where he studied architecture and engineering. At the same time he created the Kéré Foundation to finance the construction of an elementary school in his native village, Gando.
In 2005, he created Kéré Architecture and since then his work has received vast acclaim. He has won numerous awards including Global Award for Sustainable Architecture, the Marcus Prize and the Schelling Architecture Award; and has been named member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and the honorary member of the American Institute of Architects.
His most important works include Gando Primary School and Library, Mali National Park Complex, Teatro Volksbühne Satellite at the Tempelhof Airport in Berlin and the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion. In spite of his huge success, Kéré has not forgotten his roots and keeps on investing knowledge in Burkina Faso and other places around the world.