Architect, educator and social activist Diébédo Francis Kéré has been awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize 2022.
Born in Gando, Burkina Faso, and currently based in Berlin, the architect’s sensitive work transforms and shapes communities through the process of architecture. With a commitment to social justice and the smart use of local materials, he works in marginalized, disadvantaged countries where architecture and infrastructure are absent. His work includes contemporary schools, healthcare facilities, apartments, civic buildings and public spaces in areas where resources are fragile and community collaboration is vital.
“Francis Kéré is a pioneer of architecture—sustainable to the earth and its inhabitants—in lands of extreme scarcity. He is equally an architect and a servant, improving upon the lives and experiences of countless citizens in a region of the world that is at times forgotten. Through buildings that demonstrate beauty, modesty, boldness and invention, and by the integrity of his architecture and geste, Kéré gracefully upholds the mission of this Prize,” reads the official statement of the Pritzker Architecture Prize.
Source: Press Release