Francis Kéré awarded 2021 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture


Diébédo Francis Kéré @Lars Borges

The founder of Berlin-based firm Kéré Architecture, Diébédo Francis Kéré (Burkina Faso, 1965) has received in the past days the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture.


The Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello in conjunction with the University of Virginia (UVA) awarded the internationally renowned Burkinabè architect with its 2021 Architecture Medal; merit previously received by Mies van der Rohe, Kenzo Tange, Frank O. Gehry, Zaha Hadid,  and Sir David Adjaye OBE, amongst others.


Due to the pandemic situation, the award was given to Kéré through a virtual public talk hosted by the UVA School of Architecture. This recognition can be added to many others received by Kéré for his «remarkable success in combining socially engaged and ecologically resilient design», as exposed in The Thomas Jefferson Foundation abstract of the event.


Kéré Architecture coins rewards such as the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (2004), Chevalier de L’Ordre National of Burkina Faso (2006), the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture (2009), Swiss Architectural Award (2010),  the Marcus Prize (2011), the Global LafargeHolcim Gold (2012), the Schelling Architecture Foundation Award (2014), the Prince Claus Award (2017), amongst others.


Here you can find the Thomas Jefferson Foundation abstract of Kéré’s recognition.

The following is a compilation of the most relevant projects of Kéré Architecture:

Gando Primary School. Gando, Burkina Faso @Simeon Duchoud
Interior of Burkina Faso National Assembly. Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso @Kéré Architecture
Serpentine Pavilion. Kensington Gardens, London, UK @Iwan Baan
Façade of the Benin National Assembly. Porto-Novo, Republic of Benin @Kéré Architecture.
Lycée Schorge. Koudougou, Burkina Faso @Iwan Baan
Xylem. Tippet Rise Art Centre, Fishtail, Montana @Iwan Baan.
Interior of the reception hall of the Gando School Library. Gando, Burkina Faso @Kéré Architecture.
Students in front of Dano Secondary School. Dano, Burkina Faso @Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk.

The BAM team congratulates Francis Kéré & Kéré Architecture for this well-deserved recognition and we are eager to see what this awesome firm brings next.


All the images used in this article are taken from the Kéré Architecture website.

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