The renowned Burkina Faso-born architect Diébédo Francis Kéré (1965) became the very first African to receive the Pritzker Prize for Architecture in March of 2022. Often referred to as “architecture’s Nobel,” the award is given to recognize a living architect or architects whose built work exemplifies a blend of talent, vision, and commitment, resulting in consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture. The award consists of $100,000 (US) and a bronze medallion.

Kéré’s work include many school buildings in Africa countries that have yielded exponential results in educations, but has expanded beyond that to encompass temporary and permanent structures in Denmark, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In an inspirational statement released by the Pritzker Prize, Kéré said, “It is not because you are rich that you should waste material. It is not because you are poor that you should not try to create quality.”

The background story of Diébédo Francis Kéré can be found on the Pritzker Architecture Prize website using the link:


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