Meet Diébédo Francis Kéré, a Burkinabé architect based in Berlin, Kéré is an award winning architect and founder of Kéré Architecture. Diébédo Francis Kéré grew up in Gando, a small village in Burkina Faso. He knew exactly what he wanted to do when he got his degree in architecture… He wanted to go home to Gando in Burkina Faso, to help his neighbours reap the benefit of his education.
Through his firm, Kéré Architecture, Kéré focuses on using local building materials and techniques in a modern way, to redefine and redesign the environment. He has taught his neighbours to build schoolhouses out of the mud and clay in their region. His innovative approach has seen the creation of remarkably beautiful, elegant space that the community loves to spend time in.
They have built libraries and other buildings. Kéré also teaches architecture; he has lectured at colleges including the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and Harvard. In 2013, he began teaching at the Accademia di Architettura in Mendrisio, Switzerland. Watch Kéré on TED below.
Great and inspirational guy! Keep up the good work! Credit: Diébédo Francis Kéré